Todd Solondz

byJulian Murphet

Paperback | August 6, 2019

Todd Solondz by Julian Murphet
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Films like Welcome to the Dollhouse and Happiness established Todd Solondz as independent cinema's premier satirist. Blending a trademark black humor into atmospheres of grueling bleakness, Solondz repeatedly takes moviegoers into a bland suburban junk space peopled by the damaged, the neglected, and the depraved.Julian Murphet appraises the career of the controversial, if increasingly ignored, indie film auteur. Through close readings and a discussion with the director, Murphet dissects how Solondz's themes and techniques serve stories laden with hot-button topics like pedophilia, rape, and family and systemic cruelty. Solondz's uncompromising return to the same motifs, stylistic choices, and characters reject any idea of aesthetic progression. Instead, he embraces an art of diminishing returns that satirizes the laws of valuation sustaining what we call cinema. It also reflects both Solondz's declining box office fortunes and the changing economics of independent film in an era of financial contraction.
Julian Murphet is Scientia Professor in film and literature in the School of the Arts and Media at the University of New South Wales. His books include Faulkner's Media Romance and Multimedia Modernism: Literature and the Anglo-American Avant-Garde.
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Title:Todd SolondzFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:192 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.6 inShipping dimensions:192 pages, 8.25 X 5.5 X 0.6 inPublished:August 6, 2019Publisher:University of Illinois PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0252084594

ISBN - 13:9780252084591

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