A New Leaf
Walter Matthau plays a wealthy playboy seeking to restore his lost fortune by conning an unsuspecting heiress into marriage in Elaine May’s screwball comedy and
feature directorial debut, A New Leaf.
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, this dual format edition includes the following special features:
- New high-definition digital transfer
- Uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- A booklet with new writing and archival images
“A film of such wit and comic invention that it belongs among the great American comedies”
- Village Voice
“The entire project is touched by a fine and knowing madness.”
- Vincent Canby, The New York Times
“Hilarious, and cockeyed, and warm.”
- Roger Ebert