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  • Directed by: Elaine May
  • Cast: Elaine May, Walter Matthau
  • Year: 1971
  • Duration: 102min
  • Certificate: PG
  • Type: Film

Walter Matthau stars in Elaine May’s debut as a very badly behaved millionaire facing bankruptcy – in order to maintain his lavish lifestyle, he hatches a plot to marry a rich botanist, played by May herself, in order to kill her and inherit her fortune.

Elaine May was the first female director with a Hollywood contract since Ida Lupino, the most prominent female filmmaker of the 1950s. Her first two films were critical successes, but her name soon became synonymous with blown budgets and long overruns. She would only go on to direct another two films, both hugely complicated productions. Her last film Ishtar was considered at the time to be one of the worst films ever made and effectively ended her career.

Part of our Women & New Hollywood season

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