Friday, 11 October 2013

Capital Celluloid 2013 - Day 294: Mon Oct 21

Mickey One (Penn, 1964): BFI Southbank, NFT2, 6.10pm

This rare screening of Arthur Penn's New Wave-influenced film is part of the BFI Passport to Cinema season and is also being shown on August October 29th. Tonight's showing is introduced by the excellent Richard Combs. More details here.

Chicago Reader review:
This 1964 film is so obscure that contemporary critics dismissed it as a colossal bit of self-indulgence by director Arthur Penn and star Warren Beatty. Scripted by Alan Surgal, it's a variation on Kafka's The Trial, with Beatty as a second-rate nightclub comic on the run from a nameless threat (which may or may not involve the syndicate and some gambling debts). Quintessential Penn, far easier to read now than it was then, and even funny in spots.
Don Druker

Here (and above) is the film's opening.

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