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A New Leaf [DVD]

  • G
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Henry Graham (Walter Matthau) is a man with a problem: he has run through his entire inheritance, and is completely unequipped to provide for himself. His childhood guardian, Uncle Harry (a deliciously mean-spirited James Coco), refuses to give him a dime, and Henry, completely unwilling to exercise the only solution he sees--suicide-- devises a plan with the help of his imaginative butler: he can make money the old-fashioned way--he can marry it. With a temporary loan from Uncle Harry to tide him over, Henry has six weeks to find a bride, marry her, and repay the money, or else he must forfeit all his property to his uncle. With only days remaining, Henry meets clumsy, painfully shy heiress Henrietta Lowell (played by director Elaine May). She's the answer to his prayers--if only Henry can overcome the obstacles placed in his path by Uncle Harry, Henrietta's lawyer, and Henry's own reluctance to wed.
    In writer/director Elaine May's (known for her collaboration as a stage comedienne with THE GRADUATE director Mike Nichols) freshman directing effort, she directs a strong cast, in addition to herself in the lead female role. Written for the screen by May from a short story by Jack Ritchie, this black comedy features hilarious performances by its two leads, as well as the wonderfully dry George Rose as Matthau's overly involved, but always proper, butler.
  • Credits
    Walter Matuschanskayasky, Walter, John Matthow, Walter, Foghorn Matthau, Walter Matthau, Elaine Berlin, Elaine May, Jack Weinstein, Jack Weston, James Coco, David Doyle
  • Critic Reviews
    "Studio intervention preserves a quite lucid, strange, effervescent morality play pitched from May's unique purview outside either sentimentality or cynicism."
    Film Comment

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