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Rediscovering Elaine May

Earlier this month, writer, director, and actor Elaine May was awarded the 2012 National Medal of Arts in recognition of “her contributions to American comedy.” Considering the decades of neglect that her films have received, this was a pleasant surprise. Between 1971 and 1987, May directed four films: A New Leaf, The Heartbreak Kid, Mickey and Nicky, and Ishtar. Each of these films upon release was overshadowed by their ballooning budgets – what became an unfortunate hallmark of Elaine May’s work. If her career is invoked at all today, it is largely done with an air of derision.

Her directorial debut, the dark comedy A New Leaf, which saw her don the hats of actor, writer, and director, was the first of her films to go majorly over budget. The film’s original $1.8 million budget had shot up to over $4 million by the time it was completed, as shooting went 40 days over schedule and editing took over ten months. Her final cut of the film was rumored to run an unwieldy 180 minutes and included two murders. Robert Evans took the film away from her and shortened it to 102 minutes. Angered by the alterations, May tried to take her name off the film. Despite these discrepancies in the final cut, the film now boasts a cult following but is still little known by the general public.

All of May’s films remain underseen and underappreciated. Despite their initially positive reception, both Mickey and Nicky and The Heartbreak Kid are virtually unknown to modern audiences. A bleak crime drama, Mickey and Nicky ignored the conventions of gangster films and instead was characterized by extended scenes of spontaneous interaction between the leads, Peter Falk and John Cassavetes, which May shot by leaving the cameras rolling for prolonged periods of time – even after Falk and Cassavetes had left the set. The result was 1.4 million feet of film – more than was shot for Gone with the Wind – and 12 months of May’s perfectionist editing. The Heartbreak Kid was a much lighter comedy written by Neil Simon and starring Cybill Shepherd and Charles Grodin. Compared to May’s other disasters, this film went off without a hitch. Getting your hands on a copy, however, has proven to be difficult over the years. Currently unavailable on home video in any format, out-of-print DVD copies are rare, and those that do grace the Amazon marketplace are prized for nearly $100.

None of her films have been so widely ridiculed as the comedy adventure, Ishtar. The story itself revolves around a duo of incredibly untalented American lounge singers (played by Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman) who travel to Morocco to perform and find themselves in a Cold War standoff. Initial reviews were mixed-to-negative, with Roger Ebert calling it “truly dreadful.” In reality, it may not be the best movie ever made, but it is undeniably raucous and funny. No matter how critics felt about the film as a comedy, they all zeroed in on the film’s massive budget and rumors of its fraught shooting schedule. Ishtar became a punch line even to those who had never seen it, thanks to these reviews. Case in point, cartoonist Gary Larson illustrated a The Far Side comic strip captioned “Hell’s Video Store” showing the entire store stocked with nothing but copies of May’s Ishtar. After actually seeing the film years later, Larson has stated that this is the only strip he truly wishes to apologize for. Ultimately, the film’s reputation, beleaguered production, and $40 million box office loss effectively ended May’s career.

            Watching May’s films today, it’s easy to see that they were much more than box office punch lines. May had a distinct authorial voice and a true knack for comedy. (She started out with Mike Nichols in their once-famous comedy duo.) She was undoubtedly a demanding, controlling director who infuriated financiers and studio heads. Whatever her faults in that regard, her films ultimately justify her means.

            A New Leaf, May’s striking directorial debut may be accountable for the recent push to reevaluate May’s career. Released on DVD last fall, the film has been greeted enthusiastically as a chance to revisit a forgotten gem and the work of the underappreciated Elaine May. While The Heartbreak Kid remains unavailable, May’s work is gaining more attention from a generation willing to look beyond the soaring budgets and ridicule. The oft-maligned Ishtar is even seeing its first ever DVD release on August 6th. That these films are slowly becoming more readily available is worth celebrating, and one can only hope that their reevaluation will bring new acclaim to Elaine May.

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anonymous asked:

Nicky's also been working overtime retweeting clips from TS last night. So Dunn, Mickey & Nicky have all been working extra hard to keep their hoe happy...but overexposed her and possibly lost ratings in the process. Well done boys, well done 👍🙄

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Here’s another little teaser. Sorry to anyone in Germany it got blocked there :( Make sure to watch the official trailer and clips.

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Nicky is also doing overkill on retweeing TS clips from last night on the WWE twitter account. Man, all these men putting in all this effort (Dunn, Mickey, Nicky). She's gonna be so sore tomorrow.

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"Someone needs to remind Renee that marrying an American doesn't automatically make her a citizen." - Who did she marry? Kevin Dunn? Mickey? Nicky? Dolph Ziggler? Corey Graves? Oh wait Corey is already married.

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