Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr. Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr.

Eclipse Series 33: Up All Night with Robert Downey Sr. (Eclipse DVD)

DVD Box Set

2 Discs

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

Box Set Info

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 sixties, taking no prisoners in his rough-and-tumble treatises on politics, race, and consumer culture. In his 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.

Collector’s Set Includes

Babo 73 box cover

Babo 73

Robert Downey Sr. 1964

Robert Downey Sr.’s first feature is a rollicking, slapstick, ultra-low-budget 16 mm comedy experiment that introduced a twisted new voice to the New York underground.

Chafed Elbows box cover

Chafed Elbows

Robert Downey Sr. 1966

This riot of bad taste was a breakthrough for Downey, thanks to rave notices. Visualized largely in still 35 mm photographs, it follows a shiftless downtown Manhattanite having his “annual November breakdown.”

No More Excuses box cover

No More Excuses

Robert Downey Sr. and Robert Soukis 1968

Downey takes his camera and microphone onto the streets (and into some bedrooms) for a look at Manhattan’s singles scene of the late sixties.

Putney Swope box cover

Putney Swope

Robert Downey Sr. 1969

The most popular film by Robert Downey Sr. is this offbeat classic about the antics that ensue after Putney Swope, the token black man on the board of a Madison Avenue advertising agency, is inadvertently elected chairman.

Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight box cover

Two Tons of Turquoise to Taos Tonight

Robert Downey Sr. 1975

“A film without a beginning or an end,” in Downey’s words.


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