Saturday, July 10, 2010

Mickey One @ the Charles Theatre


Saturday, July 10 at Noon
Monday, July 12 at 7 PM
Thursday, July 15 at 9PM

1965 Arthur Penn. Warren Beatty, Alexandra Stewart, Hurd Hatfield, Franchot Tone. 93 m. bw.

Hollywood's attempt at French New Wave, courtesy of director Penn and star Beatty, results in a curious brew - the plot, such as it is, may lose some viewers completely but the film itself is intriguing enough to warrant attention throughout. Beatty is the stand-up comic who finds himself the target of mobsters, heads for Chicago and changes his name to Mickey One. He attempts to start again, but can't help feeling that he is still being followed - a hunch confirmed by a subsequent physical attack. Quirky to say the least, audiences gave its jerky editing techniques and weird visuals a wide berth when the film was first released -indeed, these are aspects which some many find hard to take even now. On the plus side, Beatty is fine and Stan Getz's cool jazzy score adds to the atmosphere...(Channel 4)