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ReFocus: The Films of Elaine May

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas and Dean Brandum


This book explores the diverse career of director, screenwriter, comic and actor, Elaine May Spanning from obscurity to notoriety, the films of director, screenwriter, actor and comic Elaine May have recently experienced a long-overdue renaissance. Although she made only four films — A New Leaf (1971), The Heartbreak Kid (1972), Mikey and Nicky (1976) and Ishtar (1987) — and never reached the level of acclaim of her frequent collaborator Mike Nichols, May’s work is as enigmatic, sophisticated and unceasingly fascinating as her own complicated, reluctant star persona. This collection focuses bo ... More

Keywords: Elaine May, Women’s Filmmaking, Women Directors, John Cassavetes, Mike Nichols, Screenwriting, Comedy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474440189
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440189.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, editor
independent scholar

Dean Brandum, editor
independent scholar

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Part 1 Beginnings

Part 2 Critically Situating Elaine May

Part 3 Elaine May’s Films as Director

Part 4 Collaborations/Revelations


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