Evocateur: Morton Downey Jr Movie [Blu-ray]
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His blow-smoke-in-your-face style drew a rabid cult following, but also the title "Father of Trash Television."
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I actually remember seeing Downey's show when it was still being aired. The filmmakers have definitely captured the essence of those shows as well as an in depth look at Downey's place in television history. I had somehow forgotten the details of his aggressive (rabid might be more accurate) and intense persona. A chain smoker, he would puff away while assessing his audiences and guests.
He'd also ramp up audience energy (they didn't need much encouragement) until many would be yelling and insulting the guests along with him. Downey's bullying and taunts set the wave for shock jocks and other incendiary television hosts to come. Viewing the faces of those in his audiences reveals just how easily he could tap into their anger and turn it from a simmering undercurrent into a full boil.
Even if you watched every one of his shows when they were on air, this film includes clips and footage which have never been seen before - as well as intriguing animation in sections. This is a chance to see early reality television, a must for anyone interested in how it all began - and evolved. Along the way, the filmmakers reveal not only how Downey drew a following but his missteps and eventual fall. I'm not an expert in social or television history so I can't say that Downey was THE trendsetter for this type of television.Read more ›
Seemingly now, these are pretty pervasive; reality shows are on most every channel, but they had a pioneer - A pioneer with no limits and no boundaries and for his fans, this was the appeal. Many people even saw his rabid audience as frighteningly entertaining and consequently called it "The Beast". He was that outrageous; wholeheartedly agreeing with his participants then immediately turning around to mercilessly attack them verbally. All the while purporting he was "the voice for all of those who go unheard". Who appeared to go unheard was actually his own daughter. During the film, she weighs in constantly about the fear she had of even viewing her father's show as she did not know him this way at home. He was two very different personas, on air and off.
Morton Downey Jr. came from very diverse parents. His father was quite a successful singer and entertainer during his generation. 'Sean' (Morton Downey Jr.) struggled to make good by his father while never proving himself to the level he had reached.Read more ›
For those old enough to recall Morton Downey Jr. suddenly appeared on the scene of late night television in the late 80s. His was a talk show unlike any other. Keep in mind this was before Jerry Springer brought about "real guests" with unusual problems. Downey rose in popularity like a rocket, with ratings that were phenomenal and then plummeted nearly as fast. What most didn't know was the man behind the scenes. This film offers a look at that as well as his popularity.
The son of famous tenor Morton Downey Sr., Downey always wanted to follow in his father's footsteps as a singer. Unfortunately he didn't have near the voice. In addition to that his home life was one where he always felt not just a rivalry with his father but somehow overshadowed by the man's success. This was a driving force in his life, what made him the overachiever he later became.
One of the most surprising things in the film is to discover that Downey was a supporter of the Democratic Party and good friend of the Kennedy family, especially Ted Kennedy. The man who would later become the voice of Conservatives actually leaned to the left in his earlier years. That all changed as his need for acceptance and popularity drove him in a different direction.Read more ›
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Love him or hate him he started the shock right wing in your face tv .Published 11 months ago by WilliamPurallo
Evocateur doesn’t reveal anything much new about Morton Downey, Jr. but just to reaffirm everything that has happened during the show. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mr. Math Expert
Had to watch this movie just to confirm that what I watched years ago really happened. Good to see a change in the modern style of interviewing a person whom has all the questions... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Mark F.
I don't C Downey as a public nuisance
Mort was the Ratings King for the day
It's like the owners of downey's material(s)
Regret Downey's views & political... Read more
I admit to being a recovering Morton Downey Jr addict. I would watch his show religiously in high school - it was like nothing I had seen before! Read morePublished on June 22, 2014 by Barbara Najera