Thursday, June 28, 2007

Who Was Putney Swope?

Ever see this movie? In 1989, I tracked down this forgotten 1970 movie. It's an irreverent, great flick, directed by Robert Downey (not Jr., but his father). Basic story: Partners in an advertising firm accidentally vote the black partner as the new head of the company. He fires them all, keeps and advances the black staff and tries to move in a new, inclusive direction, but at what cost. Reminds me of Animal Farm, the great George Orwell book that about animals, but really is about communism. Putney is about advertising, but is really about something a little deeper. Yeah, its a little dated now with zooming shots and assorted late 60s cinematic goofiness. But still fun to watch. Not with the kids, tho.

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