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Olive Films to Release LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN and A NEW LEAF

New LeafOlive Films announced that it will release Letter from an Unknown Woman and A New Leaf on their Signature Blu-ray editions. Letter from an Unknown Woman features Academy Award® winner Joan Fontaine (Best Actress, Suspicion, 1942) and is written for the screen by Academy Award® winner Howard Koch (Best Screenplay, Casablanca, 1944) and produced by Academy Award® winner John Houseman (Best Supporting Actor, The Paper Chase, 1974).  A New Leaf stars its writer and director, the two-time Academy Award® nominee Elaine May (Best Screenplay, Heaven Can Wait, 1979; Primary Colors, 1999) alongside Academy Award® winner Walter Matthau (Best Supporting Actor, The Fortune Cookie, 1967) and Academy Award nominee James Coco (Best Supporting Actor, Only When I Laugh, 1982). 

Letter from an Unknown Woman

LIMITED TO 3,500 BLU-RAY UNITS

From Max Ophüls, the legendary director of such film classics as The Earrings of Madame de… and Lola Montès, comes a timeless tale of love and obsession. In Vienna during the early 20th century, Stefan Brand (Louis Jourdan, Gigi), a concert pianist whose amorous ways have eclipsed his musical talent, is preparing to flee the city on the eve of a duel to be fought over a recent dalliance when he receives a Letter from an Unknown Woman. Moved by its contents, he’ll come to realize that the author is not a stranger, but Lisa Berndle (Joan Fontaine, Rebecca), a woman he’s known since her youth and discarded as he has so many others before her. But this time, Stefan’s cavalier behavior will have tragic repercussions.

Featuring the master filmmaker’s trademark gliding camera, baroque imagery and lush atmospherics (courtesy of cinematographer Franz Planer, The Big Country; art director Alexander Golitzen, Phantom of the Opera; set decorators Russell A. Gausman, The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry and Ruby R. Levitt, Chinatown), Max Ophüls’ Letter from an Unknown Woman, based on Stefan Zweig’s novella of the same name, is written for the screen by Howard Koch (Casablanca) and produced by John Houseman (They Live by Night).

Letter from an Unknown Woman

OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
Mastered from new 4K restoration
Audio commentary by Max Ophüls expert Lutz Bacher
“A Deal Made in a Turkish Bath” – interview with Oscar-winning documentarian Marcel Ophüls
“An Independent Woman: Changing sensibilities in a post-war Hollywood” – interview with Professor Dana Polan
“Ophülsesque: The Look of Letter from an Unknown Woman” – with cinematographers Ben Kasulke and Sean Price Williams
“Letter from An Unknown Woman: Passion’s Triumph” – visual essay by film scholar Tag Gallagher
Essay by critic Molly Haskell

Letter from an Unknown Woman

YEAR: 1948
GENRE: DRAMA
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 87 min
RATING: N/R
VIDEO: 1.37:1 Aspect Ratio; B&W
AUDIO: MONO

A New Leaf

LIMITED TO 3,500 BLU-RAY UNITS

A New Leaf, the deliciously dark and deadpan comedy from writer-director-comedian Elaine May (The Heartbreak Kid), stars Walter Matthau (The Odd Couple) as Henry Graham, who, due to his extravagant lifestyle, has run through his inheritance. After pleading with his incredulous Uncle Harry (played with lip-smacking glee by James Coco, Such Good Friends) for a loan, Henry convinces Uncle Harry to give him the money with the proviso that the loan must be repaid within six weeks or Henry will forfeit all of his property used as collateral. With the aid of his gentleman’s gentleman, Harold (a scene-stealing George Rose, The Pirates of Penzance), Henry decides to marry into wealth, and once the vows have been taken he’ll decide how to handle getting out of the marriage. Enter wealthy heiress Henrietta Lowell (May), a klutzy botanist and the woman of Henry’s get-rich-quick-scheme dreams. But as best laid plans often go, Henry must weather the obstacles placed in his path not only by his Uncle Harry, but by Andy McPherson (Jack Weston, Wait Until Dark), Henrietta’s jealous and unscrupulous lawyer. Adding to the amusement are William Redfield (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest) as Beckett, Henry’s bemused, put-upon lawyer and Doris Roberts (TV’s Everybody Loves Raymond) as Mrs. Traggert, Henrietta’s pilfering housekeeper.

Upon its 1971 theatrical release, Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote that A New Leaf was “One of the funniest movies of our unfunny age,” “hilarious, and cockeyed, and warm.” Prescient comments indeed.

A New Leaf

OLIVE SIGNATURE FEATURES
New restoration from 4K scan of original camera negative
Audio commentary by film scholar Maya Montanez Smukler
“The Cutting Room Floor: Editing A New Leaf” – interview with A New Leaf assistant editor Angelo Corrao
“Women in Hollywood: A Tragedy of Comic Proportions” – with director Amy Heckerling
Essay by critic, editor & film programmer Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
“The Green Heart” by Jack Ritchie, the source material for Elaine May’s script
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A New Leaf

A New Leaf

YEAR: 1971
GENRE: COMEDY
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH (with optional English subtitles)
LABEL: OLIVE FILMS
TOTAL RUNNING TIME: 102 mins
RATING: G
VIDEO: 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio; COLOR
AUDIO: MONO

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