It's fair to say that few people aside from movie critics have seen the 1987 film, Ishtar, despite boasting a celebrated comedy icon in the director's chair in Elaine May, and a bonafide A-list duo of Warren Beatty and Dustin Hoffman in the lead roles as a singing duo deployed to the Middle East.
Ishtar brought in $14 million at the box-office, coming nowhere close to its production budget of $55 million.
The film has not been released as a DVD. But on Tuesday, May 17, 2011, Elaine May will present the first-ever public screening of her "director's cut" of Ishtar, and also make a rare public appearance herself to talk about the experience and her career, at the 92Y in New York City's Upper East Side.
She'll be interviewed by Museum of the Moving Image Chief Curator David Schwartz. Tickets are $29. Info: http://www.92Y.org or 212.415.5500.