Aero Theatre
1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403 Map
Wed, Sep 18, 2019
7:30pm

ART HOUSE THEATER DAY 2019
PUTNEY SWOPE
Introduction by Art House Convergence Managing Director Alison Kozberg.
4K Restoration! 50th Anniversary!

PUTNEY SWOPE
1969, AGFA, 84 min, USA, Dir: Robert Downey Sr.

Putney Swope (Arnold Johnson), the only African-American exec at his advertising 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. An unforgettable masterpiece of late-’60s counterculture, it remains a vital provocation on race, pop culture and America. “Funny, sophomoric, brilliant, obscene, disjointed, marvelous, unintelligible and relevant. If anybody tries to improve it, they should be sentenced.” - Vincent Canby, New York Times.


Screening format: DCP. Restoration by the Academy Film Archive and the Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation.
Aero Theatre • Wed, Sep 18, 2019 • 7:30pm