Wednesday, September 18

Staff PicksSpecial Engagements

Putney Swope

ART HOUSE THEATER DAY!

NEW 50TH ANNIVERSARY RESTORATION!
SPECIAL RECORDED INTRO FROM ROBERT DOWNEY SR.!

1969 • dir Robert Downey Sr. w/Arnold Johnson, Stan Gottlieb, Allen Garfield • 84 min • DCP

Join fans, filmmakers, and hundreds of other mission-driven, community-based theaters for a day of truly exceptional screenings and cinematic experiences… It’s Art House Theater Day!

An unforgettable late-’60s counterculture masterpiece, Robert Downey Sr.’s PUTNEY SWOPE remains a vital provocation on race, pop culture and America. Putney Swope, the only African-American exec at his ad firm, is unexpectedly elected its president and turns the industry on its ear through a series of outrageous, taboo-busting TV commercials (strewn throughout the film like comedic landmines.) As Swope becomes the Generalissimo of Madison Avenue, Downey takes no prisoners and skewers the entire political spectrum. Essential viewing – especially in this new restoration by The Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation! – AGFA

Staff Pick! Joey: “Happy Art House Theatre Day!”

“Funny, sophomoric, brilliant, obscene, disjointed, marvelous, unintelligible and relevant. If anybody tries to improve it, they should be sentenced.”
– Vincent Canby, The New York Times

“I just think [Downey’s] one of our great American directors.”
– Paul Thomas Anderson

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Wednesday 9/18
at 8:30 PM

Brattle passes accepted. Special, Usher, and Producer members may reserve seats in advance [instructions]. Regular & Dual Members may redeem passes at the box office pending availability.