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Genre  Biography, Drama
Language  English
6.4/10 IMDb

Director  Alan Rudolph
Initial DVD release  September 5, 2006
Country  United States
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Release date  September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07)
Writer  Alan Rudolph, Randy Sue Coburn
Screenplay  Alan Rudolph, Randy Sue Coburn
Cast  Jennifer Jason Leigh (Dorothy Parker), Campbell Scott (Robert Benchley), Matthew Broderick (Charles MacArthur), Gwyneth Paltrow (Paula Hunt), Jennifer Beals (Gertrude Benchley), Peter Gallagher (Alan Campbell)
Similar movies  The Wolf of Wall Street, Factory Girl, Just Looking, Sea of Love, Fish Tank, Manhattan
Tagline  New York in the 1920's. The only place to be was the Algonquin, and the only person to know was Dorothy Parker.

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Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle is a 1994 American film scripted by screenwriter/director Alan Rudolph and former Washington Star reporter Randy Sue Coburn. Directed by Rudolph, it starred Jennifer Jason Leigh as the writer Dorothy Parker and depicted the members of the Algonquin Round Table, a group of writers, actors and critics who met almost every weekday from 1919 to 1929 at Manhattan's Algonquin Hotel.


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The film was an Official Selection at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Palme d'Or. The film was a critical but not a commercial success.

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Peter Benchley, who played editor Frank Crowninshield, was the grandson of Robert Benchley, the humorist who once worked underneath Crowninshield. Actor Wallace Shawn is the son of William Shawn, the longtime editor of The New Yorker.

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  • Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker
  • Campbell Scott as Robert Benchley
  • Martha Plimpton as Jane Grant
  • Sam Robards as Harold Ross
  • Lili Taylor as Edna Ferber
  • Stanley Tucci as Newt Hunter
  • James LeGros as Deems Taylor
  • Nick Cassavetes as Robert Sherwood
  • David Thornton as George S. Kaufman
  • Tom McGowan as Alexander Woollcott
  • Gary Basaraba as Heywood Broun
  • Jennifer Beals as Gertrude Benchley
  • Matthew Broderick as Charles MacArthur
  • Keith Carradine as Will Rogers
  • Jon Favreau as Elmer Rice
  • Peter Gallagher as Alan Campbell
  • Malcolm Gets as F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Heather Graham as Mary Kennedy Taylor
  • Andrew McCarthy as Edwin Pond Parker II
  • Stephen Baldwin as Roger Spalding
  • Gwyneth Paltrow as Paula Hunt
  • Wallace Shawn as Horatio Byrd
  • Development

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    Director Alan Rudolph was fascinated with the Algonquin Round Table as a child when he discovered Gluyas Williams' illustrations in a collection of Robert Benchley's essays. After making The Moderns, a film about American expatriates in 1920s Paris, Rudolph wanted to tackle a fact-based drama set in the same era. He began work on a screenplay with novelist and former Washington Star journalist Randy Sue Coburn about legendary writer Dorothy Parker. In 1992, Rudolph attended a Fourth of July party hosted by filmmaker Robert Altman who introduced him to actress Jennifer Jason Leigh. Rudolph was surprised by her physical resemblance to Parker and was impressed by her knowledge of the Jazz Age. Leigh was so committed to doing the film that she agreed to make it for "a tenth of what I normally get for a film".

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    The screenplay originally focused on the platonic relationship between Parker and Robert Benchley, but this did not appeal to any financial backers. There still was no interest even when Altman came on board as producer. The emphasis on Parker was the next change to the script, but Rudolph still had no luck finding financing for "a period biography of a literate woman." Altman used his clout to persuade Fine Line Features and Miramax—two studios he was making films for—to team up, with the former releasing Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle domestically and the latter handling foreign distribution. Altman claimed that he forced the film to be made by putting his own money into it and "I put other projects of mine hostage to it. I did a lot of lying".

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    Rudolph shot the film in Montreal because the building facades in its old city most closely resembled period New York City. Full financing was not acquired until four weeks into principal photography.

    The film's large cast followed Leigh's lead and agreed to work for much lower than their usual salaries. Rudolph invited them to write their own dialogue, which resulted in a chaotic first couple of days of principal photography. Actor Campbell Scott remembered, "Everyone hung on to what they knew about their characters and just sort of threw it out there." Actress Jennifer Beals discussed this in her appearance on the Jon Favreau documentary program Dinner for Five, wherein she stated that much dialogue was improvised in the style of the real-life characters actors were playing, but that many of those characters were not integral to the plot. As such, many of the actors had much larger parts that were edited down to nearly nothing. The cast trusted their director during the 40-day shoot. They stayed in a run-down hotel dubbed Camp Rudolph and engaged in all-night poker games. Leigh chose not to participate in these activities, preferring to stay in character on and off camera. She did a great amount of research for the role and said, "I wanted to be as close to her as I possibly could." To this end, Leigh stayed for a week at the Algonquin Hotel and read Parker's entire body of work. In addition, the actress listened repeatedly to the two existing audio recordings of Parker in order to perfect the writer's distinctive voice. Leigh found that Parker "had a sensibility that I understand very, very well. A sadness. A depression."


    A rough cut of Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle was screened at the 1993 Cannes Film Festival where it divided film critics. It was rumored afterwards that Leigh re-recorded several scenes that were too difficult to understand because of her accent but she denied that this happened. The film was an Official Selection at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Palme d'Or..

    For her performance in the film, Jennifer Jason Leigh was nominated for both the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in a Motion Picture – Drama and Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead.


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