MoMA Presents: Elaine May’s Mikey and Nicky

May 3–9, 2015

MoMA

Mikey and Nicky. 1976. USA. Written and directed by Elaine May

This is a weeklong run of MoMA’s 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 John Cassavetes becomes convinced that a local mobster has put a price on his head. As he looks to childhood friend and small-time crook Peter Falk for salvation, old wounds and new treacheries arise.

Organized by Anne Morra, Associate Curator, Department of Film.

  • This film series is part of MoMA Presents.
  • Special thanks to Julian Schlossberg, Westchester Films.

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