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Ishtar

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Once maligned and misunderstood, May’s final feature has more recently been reclaimed by critics such as Richard Brody as “a wildly original work of genius”.

Inspired by the Hope-Crosby Road movies May created an acerbic political comedy about a pair of inept singer-songwriters (played by Hollywood drawcards Dustin Hoffman and Warren Beatty, each playing against their respective “types”) whose agent books them a gig in Morocco.

Panned upon its well-over-budget release, May’s film can now be reappraised as a hilarious critique of masculinity and US imperialism.

With Isabelle Adjani and Charles Grodin.

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