Ishtar (Director’s Cut)
Sunday, Nov 27 at 1:00 pm
Please note: the date for the second screening of Ishtar has been corrected to Saturday, Dec. 3, 2:00 p.m.
Dir. Elaine May. 1987/2013, 105 mins. DCP. With Warren Beatty, Dustin Hoffman, Isabelle Adjani. Charles Grodin. Wildly underrated at the time of its release, Elaine May’s deceptively screwball comedy is a cross between a Hope and Crosby road movie and a trenchant satire about the Middle East that feels as relevant as it ever was. Beatty and Hoffman are brilliant as a hapless duo of failed songwriter-performers. Paul Williams managed an amazing feat—writing songs that were intentionally awful yet totally endearing. “Honest and popular don’t go hand in hand. If you admit that you play the accordion, no one will hire you in a rock and roll band…” May’s comedy runs slightly shorter in her preferred cut, a streamlined version of a long misunderstood film.
Tickets: $15 / $11 senior and students / $9 youth (ages 3–17) / discounted for MoMI members ($7–$11). Order tickets. Please pick up tickets at the Museum’s admissions desk upon arrival. All seating is general admission. Review safety protocols before your visit.