1965. USA. Arthur Penn. 93 min.
Introduced by Penn
Thursday, April 17, 2008, 7:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1965. USA. Directed by Arthur Penn. Screenplay by Alan M. Surgal. Music by Eddie Sauter, Stan Getz. With Warren Beatty, Alexandra Stewart. Mickey One—presented in a print gorgeously restored by Sony Pictures Entertainment—cries out for rediscovery as one of the most aesthetically daring and deeply personal Hollywood films of the 1960s.[[endblock]] Filmmaker Arthur Penn made the transition from The Miracle Worker (1962) to Bonnie and Clyde (1967) with this allegorical Purgatorio, for which he enjoyed complete directorial freedom and employed an experimental style inspired by the French New Wave. Warren Beatty portrays a nightclub comedian who hurtles through a Kafkaesque netherworld of vengeful mobsters, street evangelists, and sneering lounge lizards, only to come face to face with his own demons on a dark, empty stage. The film's kaleidoscopic narrative is held together by Eddie Sauter's wildly ambitious score, with its freewheeling allusions to bossa nova, polka, Béla Bartók, and beyond, and by tenor saxophonist Stan Getz's soaring, plaintive multitrack improvisations—a fascinating follow-up to Sauter and Getz's legendary 1961 album Focus. 93 min.