2.7/5. Coherent in the sense that it is incoherent. An uneasy balance of story and surrealism. For the first part, the movie whizzes by with its jazz score, atmosphere, surrealism with glimpses of a story. However, at some point the film largely abandons its surrealistic style to concentrate on the story, which drags the movie down. Crazier than the French New Wave that inspired it.
The references to filmmakers like Fellini, Truffaut & Richard Lester feel superficial; an example of Hollywood trying to enliven a conventional B-movie narrative with the style & conventions of the European art cinema? However, the dreamlike storyline, which finds its character trapped in a kind of subconscious purgatory rife with allusions to life & death, is thrilling in how open it is to individual interpretation.
Mickey One, un artiste de cabaret, se produit à Detroit jusqu'à ce qu'il n'ait peur que ses nombreuses et fréquentes dettes lui attirent des ennuis. Il prend alors la fuite et s'installe à Chicago où, sous une fausse identité, il trouve à nouveau du travail dans un restaurant. Mais la scène lui manque et il contacte un agent qui lui trouve un autre club. Pour la prestation de Warren Beatty ! www.cinefiches.com
35mm. A daring adventure in the ways of narrative according to non-narrative techniques, in which fiction, that kind of sworf of Damocles over cinema's expressive freedom, is in an underlying level to the choreography of the in-significant images and editing. It was considered incomprehensible and dated by this rebellion, i consider it as exultant as the early Skolimowski's. With Ghislain Cloquet excellence.
Didn't work for me, hard to watch and sometimes wants to hit Mickey hard because of his acting and his unclear voice. But yet enjoyed many scenes and images separately, I'd love to watch many parts again and again but, god, not the entire film,plz. It was nerve-wracking and WOW at the same time. Maybe that's the way it used to be.
This would gel better with an actor who didn't subscribe to the Method (too much psychology for a postmodern jape like this). But there are still inventive sequences and kooky ideas to be found here, even if the hit-to-miss ratio is dodgier than it would be with Truffaut or JLG behind the camera.
Fascinating time capsule that along with 'A Thousand Clowns' really captures that mid sixties confusion about identity in the post 50's cookie cutter ideal and the coming storm of near revolution Not really a plot based film and definately has the aesthitic of the french new wave. Beatty and Stewart both great here but its the direction of Penn, excellent b&w cinematography and a jazzy score that make it special.