POUND, by Downey Sr & Jr

The first clip shows Robert Downey Jr's first role in the year 1970, in a film by his father, Robert Downey Sr. As an example of late-60's weirdness-- Well, let's hear from Leanne Benson at IMDB:

I saw this film last night at the Barbican in London, apparently it hadn't been shown for thirty years, longer than I've been alive! We were warned at the beginning that it wasn't the easiest film to watch and with that in mind, I actually found it not too difficult to watch. All the characters were very different and I really like the idea of having people play the animals. It was pretty sad but also heartwarming in a way. I loved Robert Downey jr as the puppy, so cute!!!

I would say that the film was pretty bizarre and I'm not sure if I could watch it again for a while but for someone like me who is interested in they ways of past decades, I think it was a brilliant peek into the late sixties. There was one particular character, the old lady who played the dog with the mange problem who I thought was brilliant, amazing styling and directing. A film that should be available to be shown.

     Posted By: Paul - Thu Jul 18, 2013
     Category: Animals | Anthropomorphism | Celebrities | Movies | Avant Garde | Surrealism | 1960s

If it's free and keeps the rabble amused then that's win-win in my book.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 07/18/13 at 11:37 AM
I would class this as guerrilla film making. Although these excerpts don't show all that much of the film, I would point out the sparse set and abundant motion of the actors to generate interest in the viewer. This is not a negative comment, just pointing out that sometimes filmmakers just didn't have a lot to work with and made do with what they had. Sometimes it works and sometimes not. I would like to see this one in its entirety.

In the same vein, consider Lucas' "THX-1138" and the use he made of very sparse sets and the under-construction Bay Area Rapid Transit train tunnels. A shoestring movie that gave the viewer a lot to think about.
Posted by KDP on 07/18/13 at 03:15 PM
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