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.


THE MODERNS
1988, MGM/Park Circus, 126 min, USA, Dir: Alan Rudolph

Director Alan Rudolph beautifully re-creates 1920s Paris in this study of American artists abroad. A terrific ensemble, led by Keith Carradine as an art forger and Linda Fiorentino as his married ex-flame, brings the period to life, mixing fictional characters with real-life figures including Ernest Hemingway and Gertrude Stein. With Genevieve Bujold, Wallace Shawn and John Lone.


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