No idea if there is a list for this yet, but I think I will keep this as kind of…
Don't Rock the boat… Sink it.
Swope is the only black man on the executive board of an advertising firm, and is accidentally put in charge after the death of the chairman of the board.
Absurdist satire of the highest order, Putney Swope is painfully funny, ludicrous, and jarringly incongruous. Among the subjects that find themselves under its scathing gaze are commercialism, ideological extremism, and racial and gender rights. Nothing is sacred, nothing is safe. From today's viewpoint, it's easy for the viewer to distance themselves from the issues thanks to the film's dated language and delivery, but Swope's power lies in the increasingly prescient presentation of those issues. Advertising that relies on sex and crudity, the government's role in corporate dealings, and the cult-of-personality applied to nearly anyone in show business; to think that we were warned of these things in 1969 makes their reality today all the more sadly hilarious.
It's a bit…
"Rockin' the boat's a drag. You gotta sink the boat!"
Paul Thomas Anderson always talks about Putney Swope and the Influence Robert Downey Sr. had on him. He spends a lot of the time on his Boogie Nights commentary talking about it and working with RDS on the film (he played the record label guy who wouldn't let Dirk take his album). I was listening to an incredible two hour interview with him and Marc Maron on the WTF podcast (I would really reccomend listening to it, he goes into depth about all of his movies. It even shaped where I want to go for college), and again this movie came up. It seems to come up in many interviews…
Putney Swope is an adventure in, "What can we get away with?"
This is a film from Robert Downey Sr. the man who gave us such treasures as Robert Downey Jr. The latter has obviously garnered more fame than the former, but who was given more to the world of film? Sr. has influenced such filmmakers as Paul Thomas Anderson and Louis C.K., making some of the most controversial films of the 1960s and 70s. Putney Swope is his most well known and most borrowed from. It's a movie that puts laughter first, with style following closely behind. A movie that simultaneous makes you a better and a worse person for having watched it.
Putney Swope is about a black…
Putney Swope is one of the most offensive comedies I've ever seen. It's jokes consist mainly of racist, sexist, and ableist humour, but since the movie is such an obvious satire it's content doesn't become problematic. The supporting characters are little more than stereotypes, and this helps the films interpretation of 1960s America and its many cultural problems.
Downey Sr. is being critical of both the radicals and the reactionaries, taking no side of his own and pointing towards a type of anarchism. None of Putney's behaviour makes any logical sense; he fires employees on a whim, protests against marketing certain items while using obscene methods of advertising his products, and he attempts to keep a code of ethics despite…
In terms of humor and satire, it's like Blazing Saddles on steroids.
If it could only have kept up the quality of the introductory scene. That is one hilarious way to open a film.
The film as a whole feels like a bunch of guys sat in a room and came up with one-liners and they just threw them haphazardly into the script.
It is perhaps unfair to judge this harshly in 2014, as it is very much set in its' time, and probably was a way more raunchy experience in 1969.
I still managed a few laughs throughout, but it's too disjointed to be categorized as a success.
Before there was The Rocky Horror Picture Show, before Eraserhead, there was the true original cult film, Putney Swope.
The chairman of the board in an advertising company has what can only be described as a heart attack, and dies. A vote is held to see who would be next in power. Since they can't vote for themselves, they vote for someone they thought no one would vote for - none other than Putney Swope, the only black man on the board. He takes over, replacing all of the old white bozos with some of the jivest cats in the world, spreading word about 'Truth and Soul!'
I was interested in this movie mainly because of the praise that Paul…
UP MAD AVE 4EVR
Imagine if Yeezus-era Kanye West was a member of Monty Python and together, they directed Mad Men.
"Fuck off, Bert"
Love this bullshit.
A man flies in on a helicopter, lands on the rooftop of a building and, with his chainlink-locked briefcase and leather vest, high fives a chicly dressed businessman. Hot jazz wails as a whip pan catches a slick low-five exchange with a slightly accelerated frame rate. They descend the stairs together and enter a conference room.
"A glass of beer is a cool, soothing beverage. But in reality, it is pee-pee dickey"
So ends the analytical advice of the biker thug speaker brought in to kickstart sagging sales and trite campaigns. While some members of the board question the efficacy of the speech, others are blown away by the "keen" insights into the market. And the spokesperson of the board…
This film is quite unique.
what the fuck even is this movie? it's so messy and feels like something a group of fourteen year olds did on a weekend.
This is a strange movie, make no mistake about it. It's crass, dated, slightly insensitive and confusing. But for film enthusiasts, it's a must see. Robert Downey Sr. doesn't make movies for any audience, so dare yourselves to sit through this one. But you'll be pleasantly surprised by how eclectic and surreally hilarious most of the film is.
This list is the Letterboxd version of The Oxford History of World Cinema.
The book celebrates and chronicles over one…
Missing films I can't locate on Letterboxd:
Blonde Ambition (1981)
I Like to Watch / Caballero (1982)
Mona the Virgin…