Introduced by guest curator Peter Lucas

An often-overlooked gem from director Arthur Penn (Bonnie and Clyde), Mickey One is an unusual, stylish, existential thriller starring Warren Beatty as a young Detroit nightclub comic who believes he’s being hunted by the mob and flees to Chicago with a new identity. The film’s experimental narrative and gorgeous black-and-white cinematography—filmed by the great cinematographer Ghislain Cloquet (Night and Fog, Mouchette)—are supported by an innovative musical score by composer Eddie Sauter and jazz saxophonist Stan Getz. Considered a seminal 1960s film and the turning point in the great director's career, Mickey One is rarely screened and not available for home viewing.

"A jazzy blend of film noir and Federico Fellini that shows the ambitious director, several years before Bonnie and Clyde, trying to figure out just what a ‘new wave’ American movie might be." —Village Voice

Peter Lucas is an independent film/video curator and arts organizer based in Houston. He has created exhibitions, film screening series, and public programs in association with the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Menil Collection, Aurora Picture Show, Northwest Film Forum, Seattle International Film Festival, Experience Music Project, Earshot Jazz Festival, Sound Unseen, and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema. The Houston Press named him Best Curator of 2012 and profiled him in the “100 Creatives” series. Lucas has been a guest speaker at Rice University, University of Houston, and Cornish College of the Arts, and is a contributor to Glasstire online arts journal.

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Running Time
93 minutes