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>Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle (1994)

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> I’ve got such a hopeless crush on Robert Benchley, and I’m still feeling the love since finishing The Benchley Roundup, so I popped in my DVD of Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle (1994) and I’ve been watching it over and over all week.
The story of Dorothy Parker and other members of the Algonquin Round Table, this movie looks beautiful, has a terrific jazzy score, the casting is impeccable — including a powerhouse performance by Jennifer Jason Leigh as Dorothy Parker and an especially luscious Campbell Scott channeling Robert Benchley to perfection.
Did I mention the densely uber-witty dialogue that sparkles finer and brighter than a whole damn jewelry store? When I first watched the movie on IFC, I was struck by how many of Parker’s witticisms the writers managed to get into the script. During this latest spate of viewing — now that I’ve read more Benchley — I realized that there were almost as many Benchley quips as well.
Sigh. Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle is an English major/bookworm’s delight.


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