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'Ishtar': Boos & !!!!!!

May 31, 1987

In Broeske's otherwise excellent article, there is a factual error which is prevalent in most articles I've read when it comes to Elaine May's credits.

To wit: ". . . May directed (and wrote) 'A New Leaf.' " May wrote the screenplay based on a story by the late Jack Ritchie, a master of wry wit and black humor. He has been described as "a brilliant man in the wrong pew, a miniaturist in an age of elephantiasis."

Too bad Ritchie's "less is more" philosophy went by the wayside when it came to making "Ishtar." That's probably what broke this camelphant's back.

BOB CANNING

Los Angeles

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