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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle

(DVD - 2006)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle
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The famed lunch scene at the Algonquin Hotel's Round Table. Home to a circle of mutually supportive young artists that defined New York sophistication and a literate era of wit and intellect. At the heart of the round table sat Mrs. Dorothy Parker, one of the sharpest and most biting wits of the past century. But beneath the raucous laughter is a darker and richer tale filled with passionate affairs, friendship and tragedy.
Publisher: [United States] : New Line Home Entertainment ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama MRS
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in

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This 1994 film stars Jennifer Jason Leigh in a sharp and tragicomic portrayal of Dorothy Parker during the heyday of the Algonquin Round Table.


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Dec 31, 2013
  • lukasevansherman rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

Anyone with even a casual interest in literary history knows about the Algonquin Round Table, the famous circle that included Dorothy Parker, James Thurber, Alexander Woollcott, Harpo Marx and Robert Benchley, among others. The extent of what most people know is that they drank a lot and said witty things. I put to you that a bunch of drunks sitting around are bound to laugh at what each other says. Anyway, this film by Alan Rudolph attempts with marginal success to recreate that period. For a film about clever people, it is not particularly clever. Robert Altman produced and his influence can be felt in its loose plot and long scenes of multiple characters conversing. Jennifer Jason Leigh heads the cast as Dorothy Parker and your tolerance for her well depend on how much you like mannered performances. If you did not like her in "The Hudsucker Proxy," from the same period, you will not like her here. The enormous cast also includes Campbell Scott (as Benchley, the love of her life), Matthew Broderick, Lilli Taylor, Andrew McCarthy, Wallace Shawn and a pre-fame Gwenyth Paltrow. The disc includes a so-so documentary about Parker.

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