Melbourne Cinémathèque 2019 The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

A New Leaf

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In Elaine May’s debut as writer-director, she also stars as a klutzy botany professor who falls victim to a petulant, gold-digging playboy on the hunt after bankrupting his inheritance – played marvellously against type by Walter Matthau.

This wry comedy with a misanthropic slant is balanced by an unexpected tenderness even for its most abhorrent characters.

Despite the studio’s interference in its final cut and the reported removal of May’s original ending, this is a corrosive yet charming exploration of New York social privilege.

With Jack Weston, George Rose and Doris Roberts.

To be introduced by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Dean Brandum, editors of ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May, published 2019 by Edinburgh University Press.

During ACMI's redevelopment, Melbourne Cinémathèque screenings will take place at The Capitol. For maps and accessibility information see ACMI Cinemas during closure.

Screenings will commence slightly earlier at 6.30pm.