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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.
Title: Mrs. Parker and the vicious circle
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Publisher: [United States] : New Line Home Entertainment ; Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (125 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in
Statement of Responsibility: Turner Home Entertainment ; New Line Home Entertainment ; Fine Line Features presents a Robert Altman production ; a film by Alan Rudolph ; produced by Robert Altman ; written by Alan Rudolph & Randy Sue Coburn ; directed by Alan Rudolph
Notes: Number of discs, special features, and language options may vary by copy
Special features: Audio commentary by director Alan Rudolph; New video interview with composer Mark Isham; "Would you kindly direct me to hell?: the infamous Dorothy Parker", a documentary about the life of Dorothy Parker; Theatrical trailer & TV spot
Originally released as a motion picture in 1994
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Summary: 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.
Branch Call Number: DVD Drama MRS
Credits: Director of photography, Jan Kiesser ; editor, Suzy Elmiger ; music, Mark Isham ; costumes, John Hay, Renée April ; production designer, François Séguin.
Performers: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Andrew McCarthy, Wallace Shawn, Martha Plimpton, Sam Robards, Lili Taylor, James LeGros, Gwyneth Paltrow, Heather Graham, Stephen Baldwin, Tom McGowan, Rebecca Miller.
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1, enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0, surround, NTSC, digitally transferred
Subject Headings: Algonquin Round Table Drama Man-woman relationships New York (State) New York Drama Nineteen twenties Drama New York (N.Y.) Drama Algonquin Hotel (New York, N.Y.) Drama Parker, Dorothy, 1893-1967 Drama
Genre/Form: Melodrama
Biographical films
Feature films
Topical Term: Algonquin Round Table
Man-woman relationships
Nineteen twenties
Publisher No: ID2086LIDVD Image Entertainment
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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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