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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.
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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.
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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.
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Sigh. Mrs. Parker And The Vicious Circle is an English major/bookworm’s delight.
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