<em>Mikey and Nicky</em>. 1976. USA. Directed by Elaine May. Pictured: John Cassavetes (left), Peter Falk (right). Image courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art Film Stills Archive
  • Mikey and Nicky

    1976. USA. Elaine May. 106 min.

Introduced by Elaine May

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 6:45 p.m.

Theater 2 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 2), T2

  • Mikey and Nicky

    1976. USA. Written and directed by Elaine May. With Peter Falk, John Cassavetes, Ned Beatty. MoMA presents its recently struck 35mm print of Mikey and Nicky, the third of Elaine May’s brilliant contributions to 1970s American cinema after A New Leaf and The Heartbreak Kid (Ishtar, from 1987, also has its fierce partisans). In this noir chamber piece, set over a long, tense night in some of the seedier redoubts of Philadelphia, a jittery Cassavetes becomes convinced that a local mobster has put a price on his head. As he looks to childhood friend and small-time crook Falk for salvation, old wounds and new treacheries arise. Courtesy Julian Schlossberg, Westchester Films, and Elaine May. 106 min.