Up All Night With Robert Downey Sr.: Eclipse From The Criterion Collection
Rarely do landmark works of cinema seem so . . . wrong. Robert Downey Sr. emerged
as one of the most irreverent filmmakers of the New York underground of
the early sixties, taking no prisoners in his rough-and-tumble treatises on politics,
race, and consumer culture. In his most famous, the midnight-movie mainstay
Putney Swope, an advertising agency is turned on its head when a militant black man takes over. Like Swope, Downey held nothing sacred. Presented here are five of his most raucous and outlandish films, dating from 1964 to 1975, each a unique mix of the hilariously crude and the fiercely experimental.
All politics is loco in Downey's wild-mannered 16 mm comedy debut, starring Taylor Mead as Studsbury, the whiny president of the United Status.
This underground hit about an incestuous layabout's encounters with reprobates and weirdos in a derelict downtown New York put the director on the map.
No More Excuses
This satire of the sexual revolution and so much more jumps form on-the-street interviews with real-life swingin' singles to absurd comic sketches about time travel and political assassination.
Downey's preeminent cult classic, about race and truth in advertising, remain a potent piece of political incorrectness.
Two Tons Of Turquoise To Taos Tonight
Elsie Downey, Robert's wife at the time, plays every female role in this delirious cascade of inexplicable vignettes and jokes, a trippy tribute to incivility.