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Todd Solondz

 

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Director / Screenwriter / Producer
1959 - 
Born October 15, Newark, New Jersey, USA
Key Production Country: USA
Key Genres: Comedy Drama, Black Comedy, Ensemble Film
Key Collaborators: Alan Oxman (Editor), Ted Hope (Producer), Christine Vachon (Producer), Derrick Tseng (Producer), Kevin Messman (Editor), Nathan Larson (Composer)
Highly Recommended: Happiness (1998), Storytelling (2001)
Recommended: Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995), Palindromes (2004)
Worth a Look: Life During Wartime (2009)
Links: [ IMDB ] [ TCMDB ] [ All-Movie Guide ] [ Film Reference ] [ Wikipedia ] [ Salon Interview ] [ Todd Solondz.com ] [ GreenCine Interview (2005) ] [ The Believer Interview (2005) ] [ Gothamist Interview (2005) ] [ A.V. Club Interview (2010) ] [ Guardian Interview (2005) ] [ Wolfman Productions Biography ] [ Film Freak Central Interview (2005) ] [ The Chudd Interview (2010) ] [ MovieMaker Interview (2005) ]
DVD's: [ Amazon ]
 
Happiness (1998)Storytelling (2001)Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995)Palindromes (2004)
 
     
  "Todd Solondz's work as a film-maker to date has sparked much controversy and conflicting critical opinion for its alleged 'perversity' and 'cynicism'. Effectively foregrounding the marginalised experiences of isolated social outcasts, his films are relentlessly honest and rarely gratuitous, although the fine line between satire and misanthropy is becoming increasingly blurred." - Hannah Patterson (Contemporary North American Film Directors, 2002)  
     
  "Solondz might be an exemplary figure in a group of "nasty" filmmakers...In people like Solondz, LaBute, and Terry Zwigoff we have a generation (more or less) that simply won't swallow the white lies anymore. It's up to us, and the system, whether we subvert it by calling it black humor.." - David Thomson (The New Biographical Dictionary of Film, 2002)  
     
  "Solondz looks likely to establish himself as a distinctive chronicler of the American Nightmare. His characters are lost, isolated, dissatisfied with their lot, caught in a constant, vain struggle against life's injustices." - Geoff Andrew (The Director's Vision, 1999)  
     
  "I admit there's an element of brutality in all my work - it's part of the truth about human existence I always want to explore - but the last thing I'm trying to do is put on some kind of freak show, inviting people to get off on other people's pain and humiliation." - Todd Solondz  
     
 

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