The first in my Elaine May marathon* proved to be a worthy candidate for discussion and also lived up to its “a gangster film like no other” tagline. Intense and engrossing, it grabbed me from the beginning and eventually lost me near the end when one of the characters grew too unbearable to care about. It also has one of the most harrowing sex scenes** I’ve seen on film in a very long time.
Cost: free from library. It seems to be a rather obscure movie, so I’m thankful the Multnomah County Library System could hook me up.
Where watched: at home.
*Filmspotting has been saying for more than a year that they would be doing an Elane May marathon. I’ve decided to stop waiting for them and do one of my own. I have very clear childhood memories of both A New Leaf and Ishtar and am looking forward to revisiting them as an adult.
**Especially considering the fact that absolutely nothing was visible. In fact, a long paper could be written about the role of women in this movie that was written and directed by a woman.
poster from: http://www.moviepostershop.com/mikey-and-nicky-movie-poster-1976