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A New Leaf

A New Leaf

Elaine May ,

Film Summary

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Runtime:

102

Aspect Ratio:

1.78:1

Colour:

Colour

Certificate:

U

Subtitles:

English SDH

Genre:

Comedy Romance

One of America’s greatest comic legends, Elaine May, made her debut as writer and director in the wonderful A New Leaf. Unanimously acclaimed from the start, but unavailable for many years, it now stands as a classic alongside Harold and Maude, Bananas and M*A*S*H* as a key film in the new direction of American screen comedy in the 1970s.

The great Walter Matthau stars as Henry, a once-rich playboy who has obliviously spent his entire inheritance. Desperate to marry into further financial support, he meets Henrietta (Elaine May), a shy, awkward, though independently wealthy botany professor. What follows is a giddy tale of dubious legal advice, ruthless skullduggery and ferns.

A most unorthodox romantic comedy, stuffed with deadpan hilarity and brilliant comic invention, The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present its UK home video première in a new Dual-Format edition.

Reviews:

"drastically under appreciated genius... bright, dark, mad 1971 comedy...hilarious " - Uncut Magazine

"Matthau’s asexual cad squeezes all the juice from a script mixing aphoristic repartee, physical humour and astringent black comedy..Headily sharp tone, wit and performances snap, fizz and pop in the arsenic-laced cocktail which remains" - The Arts Desk

"Every line and every laugh are as dry as a sand martini" - Empire

"a modern screwball on par with the classics" - Little White Lies

"deft mix of erudition, slapstick and pitch-black wit, and the stars' off-kilter chemistry is a joy ★★★★★" - Total Film

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2 Discs
#131

  • New high definition digital transfer with exclusive image restoration
  • Uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • The Bluebeard of Happiness, a new video essay by critic David Cairns
  • 24-PAGE BOOKLET featuring new writing on the film by critic Glenn Kenny, plus archival images

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