Putney Swope || Now Playing at Sag Harbor Cinema
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Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
USA, 1969; 85 mins, in English. Rated R
Join us at the 8/1 and 8/3 screenings for a special introduction to the film by Wendy Keys, former Executive Producer at Film Society of Lincoln Center and the SHC Board’s Vice President.
The most popular film by Robert Downey Sr. is this offbeat classic about the antics that ensue after Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson, his voice dubbed by a gravelly Downey), the token Black man on the board of a Madison Avenue advertising agency, is inadvertently elected chairman. Putney summarily fires the whiteys, replaces them with Black Power apostles, renames the company Truth and Soul, Inc., and proceeds to wreak politically incorrect havoc.
(via The Criterion Collection)
Putney Swope was restored by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation. Putney Swope is an American Genre Film Archive release.