MRS. PARKER & THE VICIOUS CIRCLE
1994, Warner Brothers, 124 min, Dir: Alan Rudolph

Jennifer Jason Leigh gives one of her greatest performances as the brilliantly bitchy, emotionally tormented Dorothy Parker in writer-director Alan Rudoph’s wonderful, sardonic portrait of the legendary Algonquin Round Table of the 1920s. With superb supporting work by Campbell Scott as Parker’s platonic soulmate Robert Benchley, Matthew Broderick as love-’em-and-leave-’em writer Charles MacArthur, and a virtual who’s who of up-and-coming talent including Lili Taylor (as a hilariously-butch Edna Ferber), Gwyneth Paltrow, Peter Gallagher, Jennifer Beals, Martha Plimpton and Nick Cassavetes.


GEORGIA
1995, Park Circus/Miramax, 117 min, Dir: Ulu Grosbard

Jennifer Jason Leigh pushes her remarkable ability to embody tormented, self-abusive characters to its furthest extremes here, starring as Sadie, a desperately untalented singer struggling in the shadows of her sister Georgia (Mare Winningham), a much-loved folk musician. Written by Leigh’s mother, Barbara Turner, and co-produced by Leigh herself, GEORGIA is an emotionally-naked portrait of a performer struggling to be heard when almost no one cares to listen.


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