Up All Night With Robert Downey Sr.: Eclipse From The Criterion Collection

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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.

Babo 73

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.

Chafed Elbows

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.

Putney Swope

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.


  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Feb 17 2012
  • Empire SKU 1606204
  • UPC Code 715515096119
  • Studio  Criterion
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 2
  • Disc SS-DL


Features Not Specified


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 B&W
    Standard 1.33:1 Color

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