American Masters: Season 2, Episode 9

The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table (28 Sep. 1987)

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Profile of the group of writers and humorists who formed lasting friendships and collaborations centered on their daily lunches at New York City's Algonquin Hotel through the 1920s, which ... See full summary »

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Profile of the group of writers and humorists who formed lasting friendships and collaborations centered on their daily lunches at New York City's Algonquin Hotel through the 1920s, which led to scathing satire of cultural and social trends of the Roaring '20s. Their conflicts and romances are explored, with central figures including Dorothy Parker and Alexander Woollcott. As the decade progressed, they increasingly found themselves drawn apart by literary ambitions, as well as by social issues including the Sacco and Vanzetti case. Written by scgary66

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The film took ten years to make, with most of the interviews (as well as Heywood Hale Broun's narration) conducted around 1980; most of the interview subjects died before the film's release. See more »

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Sometimes witty, but altogether un-spectacular account...
2 November 2002 | by (Evansville, Indiana USA) – See all my reviews

1st watched 11/2/2002 - 5 out of 10(Dir-Aviva Slesin): Sometimes witty, but altogether un-spectacular account of the men and women who were associated with a daily luncheon at the Algonquin Hotel in New York City. These were men and women who had great influence in the writings of the times and probably spurned many freedom of thought and women's rights movements, but instead we get almost an outsiders point of view of people like Dorothy Parker and George S. Kaufman who were well-known but almost consistently unhappy people in their lives. The subject matter was probably intriguing and endearing to many Hollywood people and therefore won a Best Documentary Oscar in 1987, but the competition must have been slight that year. The research I'm sure was taxing and took a lot of time, but to only get 60 minutes out of some of the most influential people(supposedly) of the 20's tells me something. I'm sure the Biography channel could get a good two hours out of any of the individuals by themselves, that encompassed the round table. Basically there just wasn't enough impassioned content for me to recommend this documentary.


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