A New Leaf

Brilliantly staged and performed . . . illustrates how fluidly May fuses verbal and physical comedy.

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Elaine May, Walter Matthau, Jack Weston, George Rose,

A New Leaf stars Walter Matthau as Henry Graham, a playboy who has squandered his wealth and must marry a rich woman or forfeit all his passions, and May as Henrietta Lowell, a nerdy heiress/botany professor and possibly Graham’s next ticket to support his idle, rich lifestyle. May adapted the screenplay from a short story by Jack Ritchie, and the film became her directorial debut. The film “reveals the essence of marital love more brutally than many confrontational melodramas” (Richard Brody, New Yorker).

  • Elaine May
Based On
  • a short story by Jack Ritchie

  • Gayne Rescher
Print Info
  • Color
  • 35mm
  • 102 mins
  • Paramount Pictures