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Date & Time
Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 pm
Admission
Free; no reservations required
Venue
Film Theater at the Rubenstein Arts Center
2020 Campus Drive
Durham, NC 27705
Description

Mikey and Nicky  
(Elaine May, 1976, 119 min, USA, English and Hebrew, color, DCP)

Elaine May crafted a gangster film like no other in the nocturnal odyssey Mikey and Nicky, capitalizing on the chemistry between frequent collaborators John Cassavetes and Peter Falk by putting them on-screen together as small-time mobsters whose lifelong relationship has turned sour. Set over the course of one night, this restless drama finds Nicky holed up in a motel after the boss he stole money from puts a hit on him. Terrified, he calls on Mikey: the one person he thinks can save him. Scripted to match the live-wire energy of its stars—alongside supporting players Ned Beatty, Joyce Van Patten, and Carol Grace—and inspired by real-life characters from May’s childhood, this unbridled portrait of male friendship turned tragic is an unsung masterpiece of American cinema.

“A vivid, almost sensually rancid slice of 1970s cinema, a movie in which you can almost taste the sweat in the air.” Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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