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MBC Interactive Archive Project - 1960s - Counter Culture USA, presented by Miami Beach Film Society in collaboration with Ad-Hoc Cinema: 50th Anniversary restoration screening of PUTNEY SWOPE by Robert Downey, Sr.

  • 30 Oct 2019
  • 7:00 PM - 8:55 PM
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque at Historic City Hall, 1130 Washington Ave, South Beach
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MBC Interactive Archive Project -

1960s-Counter Culture USA

Presented by the Miami Beach Film Society

in collaboration with Ad-Hoc Cinema

WED, OCT 30, 7p:


50th Anniversary restoration screening!

Directed by ROBERT DOWNEY, SR./1969/1hr, 24mins.

Restoration poster for PUTNEY SWOPE, 2019, MBCarchive,

based on the original 1969 design by Jay Shaw.

New 50th Anniversary restoration! An unforgettable masterpiece of late-’60s counterculture, 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 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. Restoration by the Academy Film Archive and The Film Foundation, with funding provided by the George Lucas Family Foundation

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

"I just think [Downey’s] one of our great American directors."-Paul Thomas Anderson


The MBC Interactive Archive exhibition: The 1950s

is currently on display (before or after shows!)



MBFS is a not for profit 501(c)3 organization that is supported by people like YOU and by Basser Arts Foundation; French Consulate Cultural Services; John S. and James L. Knight Foundation; City of Miami Beach, Cultural Affairs Program, Cultural Arts Council; Miami Dade County Mayor & Board of Commissioners & Miami Dade County Cultural Affairs Council; Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs. 


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