"A New Leaf"

(Feb. 15, 17 & 18) —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 young botanist Henrietta (played brilliantly by May herself). But, needless to say, things don’t go exactly as planned.

February 15 at 6:45 PM
February 17 at 9:15 PM
February 18 at 4:15 PM

Screening as part of Anthology Film Archives' Valentines Day Massacre 2019.


Thursday, February 15, 2018 (All day)


Anthology Film Archives
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New York, NY 10003


(212) 505-5181

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