May in May

Elaine May is a singular voice in the world of comedy with an uncanny ability to elevate and layer emotional resonance within moments of laugh out loud hilarity that remains unparalleled. The writer, director, actor, and comedian celebrated her 90th birthday in April. To mark the occasion, we will be honoring her life and work throughout the month that shares her name, showcasing May's complete filmography as director in chronological order with an accompanying edition of our FilmScene 101 seminar series.

Upcoming Screenings


1987 / USA / Elaine May

Tue, May 317:00pmThu, Jun 27:00pm

Two terrible lounge singers get booked to play a gig in a Moroccan hotel but somehow become pawns in an international power play between the C.I.A., the Emir of Ishtar, and the rebels trying to overthrow his regime.

Previous Screenings


1976 / USA / Elaine May

Nicky is on the run from the mob, and he turns to old pal Mikey for help in Elaine May’s exploration of male friendship.


1972 / USA / Elaine May

A newlywed man on his honeymoon has second thoughts about his marriage and falls for a different woman.


1971 / USA / Elaine May

Henry has lost his fortune. On the advice of his valet, referred to by Henry as his gentleman’s gentleman, and with a sizable loan from his uncle that he must pay back in six weeks, he’s determined to marry into wealth to maintain his lavish lifestyle.