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Mickey One

Released 1965
Distributor Columbia

Warren Beatty is one movie star who constantly took chances on offbeat projects, and his first collaboration with Arthur Penn is perhaps the oddest.  Dismissed for years as an impenetrable misfire, this intriguing Kafka-esque nightmare about a stand-up comic on the run (from himself?) is finally beginning to be appreciated as the cinematic jazz spiritual it really is.

About Joe Dante

Joe Dante is a lifelong film buff who turned his obsession into a career. He got his start cutting trailers for Roger Corman and later directed the hit movie Gremlins, as well as Gremlins 2: The New Batch, Innerspace and Small Soldiers for producer Steven Spielberg. His feature films include The Howling, Piranha, Matinee, The ‘burbs , Looney Tunes Back in Action, The Hole (first winner of the 3D Persol Award at the Venice Film Festival) and the zom-com Burying the Ex. His TV directing work includes: Police Squad, Amazing Stories, the HBO film The Second Civil War, the Masters of Horror titles Homecoming and The Screwfly Solution, and episodes of Eerie, Indiana, CSI: NY, Hawaii 5-0, Witches of East End, Legends of Tomorrow and Salem. His latest big screen credit is an episode of the upcoming Nightmare Cinema.