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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Features The Sex Life of the Polyp (1928) See more »

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31 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I,like Tommi above, taped this years ago off of PBS and my copy is very well worn.

Why is this not on DVD??? It is such a superb documentary, and one that absolutely entertains as well as informs. Friends of mine have begged to see it over and over.

Further, it won the Academy Award as best Doc!!!! What gives? There are enough one-liners in the first hour from Dorothy Parker and crew that for zinger fodder alone it should stand tall!! But it also presents such a perfect glimpse into that rarefied, wonderful world of the Jazz Age, between the wars and in the best city on the planet. This film shows WHY New York was and remains what it is.


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