NO MORE EXCUSES & TWO TONS OF TURQUOISE
Tuesday, May 24
Directed by Robert Downey, Sr.
No More Excuses (1968): A time-travelled Civil War soldier (Downey himself) wanders unnoticed through ’68 NYC; an impassioned activist argues for clothing all animals for decency’s sake; a verité documentary on then-new singles bars unreels; and the assassination of President Garfield is reenacted. “In some grim and paranoid way, often makes hilarious sense.” – Vincent Canby, New York Times. 35mm. Preserved by Anthology Film Archives with support from the Film Foundation.
Two Tons of Turquoise (1975): (Mrs.) Elsie Downey plays 22 roles in a collage of pointless stories, punchline-less gags, and yet-to-be-worked-out ideas: all cut together. “A shape-shifting, collagelike head trip that hinges on almost constant disruption. It’s like a thing with a mind of its own — and maybe in the throes of a seizure. The only through lines are the willful brazenness of its maker; the soundtrack by Jack Nitzsche, David Sanborn, and Arica; and the dynamic presence of the astonishingly versatile Elsie Downey.” – Michael Koresky. Digital.
Approx. 102 mins.