Todd Solondz

​From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.   Todd Solondz (born October 15, 1959) is an American independent film screenwriter and director known for his style of dark, thought-provoking, socially conscious satire. Solondz has been critically acclaimed for his examination of the "dark underbelly of middle class American suburbia", a reflection of his own background in New Jersey. His work includes the cult hit Welcome to the Dollhouse, the award-winning Happiness, Storytelling, and Palindromes. Description above from the Wikipedia article Todd Solondz,  licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

As Good as It Gets (1997)

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New York City. Melvin Udall, a cranky, bigoted, obsessive-compulsive writer, finds his life turned upside down when neighboring gay artist Simon is hospitalized and his dog is entrusted to Melvin. In addition, Carol, the only waitress who will tolerate him, must ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  James L. Brooks
CAST:  Jack Nicholson  •  Helen Hunt  •  Greg Kinnear  •  Cuba Gooding Jr.

Happiness (1998)


The lives of many individuals connected by the desire for happiness, often from sources usually considered dark or evil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Jane Adams  •  Jon Lovitz  •  Philip Seymour Hoffman  •  Dylan Baker

Married to the Mob (1988)

Angela de Marco is fed up with her gangster husband's line of work and wants no part of the crime world. When her husband is killed for having an affair with the mistress of mob boss Tony "The Tiger" Russo, Angela and her son depart for New York City to make a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jonathan Demme
CAST:  Michelle Pfeiffer  •  Matthew Modine  •  Oliver Platt  •  Alec Baldwin

Palindromes (2004)

Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Matthew Faber  •  Angela Pietropinto  •  Bill Buell  •  Emani Sledge

Welcome to the Dollhouse (1996)


An unattractive 7th grader struggles to cope with suburban life as the middle child with inattentive parents and bullies at school.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Heather Matarazzo  •  Victoria Davis  •  Angela Pietropinto  •  Christina Brucato

Storytelling (2001)

College and high school serve as the backdrop for two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Selma Blair  •  John Goodman  •  Leo Fitzpatrick  •  Robert Wisdom

Feelings (1984)

His first film shot with sound, Feelings is a two and a half minute movie made as an NYU film school assignment in 1984. Solondz himself takes the lead role of a sensitive young man who finds he can no longer endure life without his beloved. Photographed by Andy ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Todd Solondz  •  Jan Meredith

Dark Horse (2011)

Abe is a man who is in his thirties and who lives with his parents. He works regretfully for his father while pursuing his hobby of collecting toys. Aware that his family doesn't think highly of him, he tries to spark a relationship with Miranda, who recently moved ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Jordan Gelber  •  Selma Blair  •  Mia Farrow  •  Christopher Walken

Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989)

This film focuses on the trials and tribulations of Ira (Todd Solondz), who is an unsuccessful playwright trying to find himself in New York City.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Todd Solondz  •  Max Cantor  •  Alexandra Gersten  •  Jane Hamper

Life During Wartime (2009)

Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in an almost war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos. Follows Solondz's film Happiness (1998).  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Ally Sheedy  •  Paul Reubens  •  Shirley Henderson  •  Allison Janney

Wiener-Dog (2016)

Wiener-Dog tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading a certain kind of comfort and joy. Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted life lessons before ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Ellen Burstyn  •  Kieran Culkin  •  Julie Delpy  •  Danny DeVito

Venice 70: Future Reloaded (2013)

Made for the Venice Film Festival's 70th anniversary, seventy filmmakers made a short film between 60 and 90 seconds long on their interpretation of the future of cinema.  (more)

DIRECTION:  James Franco  •  Tobias Lindholm  •  Franco Piavoli  •  Júlio Bressane  •  Tariq Teguia  •  Bernardo Bertolucci  •  Kim Ki-duk  •  Catherine Breillat  •  Paul Schrader  •  Atom Egoyan  •  Shekhar Kapur  •  Brillante Mendoza  •  Wang Bing  •  Amiel Courtin-Wilson  •  Amos Gitai  •  Edgar Reitz  •  Sion Sono  •  Jean-Marie Straub  •  Hong Sang-soo  •  Lav Diaz  •  Claire Denis  •  Peter Chan  •  Jia Zhangke  •  Isabel Coixet  •  Ulrich Seidl  •  Nicolás Pereda  •  Athina Rachel Tsangari  •  John Akomfrah  •  Shirin Neshat  •  Aleksey Fedorchenko  •  João Pedro Rodrigues  •  Michele Placido  •  Hala Alabdalla  •  Salvatore Mereu  •  Jazmín López  •  Frédéric Fonteyne  •  Rama Burshtein  •  Krzysztof Zanussi  •  Pablo Trapero  •  Walter Salles  •  Pablo Larraín  •  Apichatpong Weerasethakul  •  Abbas Kiarostami  •  Celina Murga  •  Benoît Jacquot  •  Amit Dutta  •  Tusi Tamasese  •  Shinya Tsukamoto  •  Pietro Marcello  •  Ermanno Olmi  •  Todd Solondz  •  Yorgos Lanthimos  •  Amir Naderi  •  Karim Aïnouz  •  Monte Hellman  •  Lluís Galter  •  Semih Kaplanoğlu  •  Antonio Capuano  •  Samuel Maoz  •  Yonfan  •  Giuseppe Piccioni  •  Davide Ferrario  •  Haile Gerima  •  Alexey German Jr.  •  Teresa Villaverde  •  Jan Cvitkovič  •  Franco Maresco  •  Marlen Khutsiyev  •  Milcho Manchevski  •  Guido Lombardi  •  Andrew Wonder  •  Luca Severi

Babysitter (1984)

The story follows a young male protagonist as he recalls the babysitters of his youth.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz
CAST:  Eric Schwartzman  •  Patti Seitz

In Transit (1986)

Les mésaventures absurdes de Léopold Pavlovsky, bloqué en transit à New York.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Cédric Klapisch
CAST:  Yury Olshansky  •  Joan Ranquet  •  Joan Roth  •  Janet Ching

Schatt's Last Shot (1985)

Solondz’s 1985 student short film “Schatt’s Last Shot” provides an ideal entry point to his unflinching universe of dark comic despair. A young Solondz stars in the 10-minute short as geeky high schooler Ezra Schatt, a neurotic, primitive headcase of the young ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Todd Solondz