Jennifer Jason Leigh offers an acclaimed performance as humorist Dorothy Parker, who together with such 1920s luminaries as Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott and George S. Kaufman, was a charter member of the legendary Algonquin Round Table. The story is related in flashback form, as Mrs. Parker, in Hollywood to cowrite the 1937 feature A Star is Born with her second husband Alan Campbell (Peter Gallagher), recalls her glory days as an Algonquinite. A great deal of attention is afforded Parker's vituperative bon mots, her alcoholism, her self-destructiveness, her suicide attempts, and her affairs with such literary contemporaries as Charles MacArthur (an uncharacteristically unsympathetic Matthew Broderick) and Robert E. Sherwood (Nick Cassavetes). The one person Parker truly seems to care about is humorist Robert Benchley (Campbell Scott), who prefers to keep their friendship platonic. Director Alan Rudolph attempts to convey the ambience of the 1920s by having dozens of that decade's luminaries appear in fleeting cameos, from Will Rogers (Keith Carradine) to Harpo Marx. Also featured in Mrs. Parker are Tom McGowan as the waspish Alexander Woollcott and Andrew McCarthy as Dorothy's near-invisible first husband, Eddie Parker.
Brand-new digital 16x9 widescreen transfer; Audio commentary by director Alan Rudolph; New video interview with award-winning composer Mark Isham; "Would You Kindly Direct Me to Hell?: The infamous Dorothy Parker," a documentary about the life of Dorothy Parker; Theatrical trailer & TV spot
Disc #1 -- Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle 1. Main Title; Hollywood, 1937 [7:08] 2. A Colorful Past [2:58] 3. Married Life [5:31] 4. Hotel Algonquin [9:59] 5. A Gathering of Friends [8:58] 6. Another Round Table [3:15] 7. The Vicious Circle [4:26] 8. Benchley on Stage [5:36] 9. Drinking Buddies [4:38] 10. The Glow of Love [7:22] 11. Dorothy's Surprise [10:48] 12. Friends [2:46] 13. A Serious Question [4:41] 14. Social Outing [8:29] 15. Working on a Play [6:03] 16. Hollywood, 1945 [6:53] 17. New Year's Eve [3:53] 18. Analyzing the Situation [5:31] 19. End Credits [5:15] 1. "Would You Kindly Direct Me to Hell?: The Infamous Dorothy Parker": Introduction [3:07] 2. "Would You Kindly Direct Me to Hell?: The Infamous Dorothy Parker": The Early Days [6:01] 3. "Would You Kindly Direct Me to Hell?: The Infamous Dorothy Parker": The Algonquin Years (1919-1929) [20:15] 4. "Would You Kindly Direct Me to Hell?: The Infamous Dorothy Parker": The Hollywood Years (1933...) [8:25] 5. "Would You Kindly Direct Me to Hell?: The Infamous Dorothy Parker": Excuse My Dust [8:56] 6. "Would You Kindly Direct Me to Hell?: The Infamous Dorothy Parker": End Credits [1:07]
Disc #1 -- Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle Feature Start Scene Selections Audio Commentary by Director Alan Rudolph Audio Commentary by Director Alan Rudolph: On Audio Commentary by Director Alan Rudolph: Off Special Features Play All Trailer TV Spot Interview with Composer Mark Isham
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Dorothy Parker was a line crosser of her time. She didn't care to know what should be said but rathered to say what she knew she wanted to say. A rocky love life and crazy social circle made her dry wit pierce the social times. She was truly a woman of her own making and kept an eclectic group of aquaintances who kept her going. A movie definitely worth a watch.. .a few times.