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Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie

by The Staff on August 1, 2013


In a lot of ways, we’re living in Morton Downey, Jr.’s world. The cigarette-smoke-blowing, in-your-face, “populist” talk show host died 12 years ago, but his form of angry, inchoate rage against lawyers, feminists, liberals and their fellow travelers is all over the radio dial and cable news channels. His late-1980s syndicated TV talk show was something new, pitting Downey, the quintessential angry white man, against the modern world.

Filmmakers Daniel A. Miller, Jeremy Newberger and Seth Kramer have made a documentary about “the mouth,” titled Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie. They show how the son of a popular Irish tenor became so damn angry.

Evocateur: The Morton Downey Jr. Movie will be screened once, on Wednesday (Aug. 7) at 6:45 PM, at the Spectrum 8 Theatres (290 Delaware Ave., Albany). There will be a Q&A with codirector Jeremy Newberger following the documentary. For more info, including ticket prices, call 449-8995.