The Ten-Year Lunch
|The Ten-Year Lunch|
|Directed by||Aviva Slesin|
|Produced by||Aviva Slesin|
Mary Jo Kaplan
The Ten-Year Lunch: The Wit and Legend of the Algonquin Round Table is a 1987 American documentary film about the Algonquin Round Table, a floating group of writers and actors in the "Roaring Twenties" in New York City, which included great names such as Dorothy Parker, Robert Benchley, George S. Kaufman, Edna Ferber, Marc Connelly, Harold Ross and Harpo Marx. It was produced and directed by Aviva Slesin and narrated by Heywood Hale Broun.
The title refers to the fact that the members of the Round Table met over lunch at the Algonquin Hotel from 1919 until roughly 1929. The film shows how the group drifted apart once the 1920s ended, as Hollywood beckoned for some and as they grew older.
In 1987, the film won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.
- "NY Times: The Ten-Year Lunch". NY Times. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
- The Ten-Year Lunch at the Internet Movie Database
- Aviva Slesin collection of research and production materials for the Ten-year lunch: the wit and legend of the Algonquin Round Table, held by the Billy Rose Theatre Division, New York Public Library for the Performing Arts