The screening at 13:00 on Sun 20 Jan will be followed by a free, informal discussion led by Dr Kirsty Fairclough, Associate Dean, School of Arts and Media, University of Salford
One of America’s greatest comic legends, Elaine May, made her debut as writer and director with the wonderful A New Leaf. Unanimously acclaimed, but unavailable for many years, it now stands as an unorthodox classic alongside Harold and Maude 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 spent his entire inheritance. Desperate to marry for financial gain, 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 in an unorthodox romantic comedy stuffed with deadpan hilarity and brilliant comic invention.