Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

Morton Downey Jr
In Rhinebeck 
August 4
Sunday 2:30
IN PERSON: Seth Kramer and Jim Langan
(US/2013/dir by Seth Kramer/Daniel Miller)
R / 90 mins.
Morton Downey, Jr, son of an immensely popular singer and entertainer couldn’t make it himself as a singer, so this former friend to the Kennedy’s reinvented himself and became television’s trash talk pioneer whose life soon became as messy as his manner.
Before entire networks were built on populist personalities; before reality morphed into a TV genre; the masses fixated on a single, sociopathic star: controversial talk-show host Morton Downey, Jr. In the late ’80s, Downey tore apart the traditional talk format by turning debate of current issues into a gladiator pit. His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title “Father of Trash Television.” Évocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie dissects the mind and motivation of television’s most notorious agitator. (c) MagnoliaNulla orci.
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