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A New Leaf

02/17/18 | 9:15 PM

Anthology Film Archives

32 2nd Ave Map

212-505-5181

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17-02-2018 12:00:00 17-02-2018 12:00:00 America/New_York A New Leaf | 9:15 PM With Walter Matthau and Elaine May. The first of four features directed by Elaine May – masterpieces every one – A NEW LEAF prefigured the difficulties she would face in later years (culminating in the inexplicably maligned ISHTAR, whose fatal impact on her directing career would leave American cinema immeasurably poorer). In its initial form, A NEW LEAF was three hours long, and May considered suing to block the release of Paramount's drastically edited version. Nevertheless, even in its abridged cut it's one of the great comic achievements of the 1970s, a jet black comedy about a once-wealthy playboy (Matthau at his best) who, finding himself penniless after having squandered his fortune, embarks on a search for a rich bachelorette to wed…and murder. Soon he finds what seems to be the perfect candidate, loopy botanist Henrietta (played brilliantly by May herself). But, needless to say, things don't go exactly as planned. http://www.cityguideny.com/eventinfo.cfm?id=279942 Anthology Film Archives Anthology Film Archives

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With Walter Matthau and Elaine May.

The first of four features directed by Elaine May – masterpieces every one – A NEW LEAF prefigured the difficulties she would face in later years (culminating in the inexplicably maligned ISHTAR, whose fatal impact on her directing career would leave American cinema immeasurably poorer). In its initial form, A NEW LEAF was three hours long, and May considered suing to block the release of Paramount's drastically edited version. Nevertheless, even in its abridged cut it's one of the great comic achievements of the 1970s, a jet black comedy about a once-wealthy playboy (Matthau at his best) who, finding himself penniless after having squandered his fortune, embarks on a search for a rich bachelorette to wed…and murder. Soon he finds what seems to be the perfect candidate, loopy botanist Henrietta (played brilliantly by May herself). But, needless to say, things don't go exactly as planned.

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