Ishtar

Ishtar

Directed by: Elaine May

Friday, December 7 - Saturday, December 8, 2012

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35mm print

“The most underestimated commercial movie of 1987—treated as a debacle at the time, partially as payback for Warren Beatty’s highhanded treatment of the press—may not be quite as good as Elaine May’s previous features, but it’s still a very funny work by one of this country’s greatest comic talents. Dustin Hoffman and Beatty, both flagrantly cast against type, play inept songwriting friends who get a limited club date in North Africa and who accidentally get caught up in various international intrigues. Misleadingly typed as an imitation Road to Morocco, the film can be more profitably read as a light comic variation on May’s masterpiece Mikey and Nicky and an affectionate yet brutal send-up of American idiocy in the third world. Among the highlights: Charles Grodin’s impersonation of a CIA operative, a blind camel, Isabelle Adjani, Jack Weston, Vittorio Storaro’s cinematography, and a delightful series of deliberately awful songs from the songwriting duo, most of them by Paul Williams.” – Jonathan Rosenbaum

PG-13, 107 Minutes
USA, 1987




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