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.
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
Title: Mrs. Parker and the vicious circle
Publisher: Chatsworth, CA : Distributed by Image Entertainment, [2006]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 125 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Sold by: Distributed by Image Entertainment
Notes: 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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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.
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.
Audience: MPAA rating R sexuality and language
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1, enhanced) presentation; Dolby Digital 2.0, surround, NTSC, digitally transferred
Subject Headings: 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: Man-woman relationships
Nineteen twenties
Publisher No: ID2086LIDVD
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE M
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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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