One Night Stands
Mikey & Nicky
dir. Elaine May, US, 1976, 35mm, 119 min.
Peter Falk and John Cassavetes star in this tale of two friends on the run from the mob. Elaine May’s unconventional approach—it's rumored that more than 1.4 million feet of film were shot—caused major delays in the film's completion, angering the studio and leaving the final product little chance for success. Nevertheless, Mikey and Nicky is a fascinating convergence of the film noir/buddy picture genres. Long takes and improvised dialogue draw comparisons to Cassavetes' own films. May would return to this storyline in her much publicized failure Ishtar. Shot in Philadelphia almost entirely at night, Mikey and Nicky is a diamond in the rough that certainly awaits rediscovery.