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Movies to Stream This Weekend: Rare Films Available—for Free—with a New York Public Library Card

It’s big news that the New York Public Library is making available, for
free, to all holders of a library card, the streaming service Kanopy,
which contains a wealth of films of many sorts (including many in the
Criterion Collection). Every day is May Day around
so it’s especially welcome that Elaine May’s 1976 film “Mikey and Nicky” is among the available films. All four of May’s films are
enduring classics, but this one is a little different—it’s a movie
that’s pretty clearly, if indirectly, about other movies, and in the
process, it becomes the rarest of things: a movie that gets to the core
of the very idea of gender difference and gender conflict. May riffs on
the films of John Cassavetes, which are some of the best that exist. He

stars in “Mikey and Nicky” along with Peter Falk (one of the stars from
Cassavetes’s own stable) in a small-time but high-stakes crime drama,
set in Philadelphia. Cassavetes plays Nicky, a mobster who has
double-crossed a boss and knows that a contract is out on him; Falk
plays Mikey, his lifelong friend and fellow-gangster, whom he counts on
to help him escape. Both men are married; Mikey’s close relationship
with his wife, Annie (Rose Arrick), is as central to the drama as is
Nicky’s broken one with his wife, Jan (Joyce Van Patten)—and as is, for
that matter, their encounter with another woman, Nellie (Carol Grace),
who is Nicky’s lover and a victim of his abuse. There’s wild humor in
the two men’s friendship; there’s also a lifetime of bitterness and
unresolved pain; above all, there’s a sense that their basic andArticle source:

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