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A New Leaf

Screening on Film
Directed by Elaine May.
With Walter Matthau, Elaine May, Jack Weston.
US, 1970, 35mm, color, 102 min.
Print source: HFA

Combining her already well-established talents as a writer, director, and comedienne, Elaine May made her directorial film debut with this thoroughly delightful satiric comedy. May herself plays a frumpy, eccentric, klutzy, and very wealthy botanist who is pursued with murderous intent by an aging and financially embarrassed rake (Walter Matthau). Despite re-editing by Paramount, which prompted May to disown the film, A New Leaf boasts wonderful performances from both stars.

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