Jennifer Jason Leigh portrays the inimitable poet and essayist Dorothy Parker through her triumphs and trials as a fixture of Manhattan’s legendary literary cadre known as the Algonquin Round Table. With an ensemble cast featuring Campbell Scott, Matthew Broderick, Peter Gallagher and Gwyneth Paltrow, this chronicle of one of the Prohibition era’s wittiest and most tragic intellects was nominated for a Golden Globe and a Palme d’Or at Cannes.
The son of director Oscar Rudolph, writer-director Alan Rudolph followed in the footsteps of mentor Robert Altman, embracing a similar kind of ensemble picture while pursuing his own personal, less satiric, more human vision. Despised by mainstream Hollywood, he has managed to stay true to his idiosyncratic muse and remain in the game despite never having had a breakthrough commercial success. Rudolph’s dialogue has a snappy, flirtatious quality, and his distinctive “pan-and-zoom” style allows audiences to experience performances that are not built from cut to cut. It is not unusual for a Rudolph film to contain four or five shots that are as long as six or seven minutes, unheard of in this era of high-tech editing. Actors who like working with him because he lets them get into real-life rhythms wave their usual salaries, enabling him to adhere to ridiculously low budgets, and he frequently reteams with his talent, knowing that subsequent collaborations will only be richer.
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