And the Coen brothers, until their recent domestic success began to even the score.
Jazz music itself is far more widely appreciated in Europe than it is in the mainstream of the U. One suspects there is a certain smugness to it all; not only are they appreciated for their works, but the very act of Europeans proclaiming these North Americans as formidable talentsthose who are not nearly as appreciated in their own landis a relished statement of cultural superiority.
I could create several stories that could be refracted through the prism of this pet. It’s about the shadows on each of these lives.” Let us talk about the challenges of shooting with a canine actor. “When I went to college it was before VHS even existed,” he said. You could see the Marx Brothers followed by Maya Deren all in the same night. As for the lack of “possibility”, Solondz arrived just as the independent scene was opening up new thoroughfares.
They don't think they're being racist, they thing their lampooning racism itself by being so forcefully and unapologetically racist.
I bring this up because I think that Solondz operates on that same misperception; where do we draw the line between lampooning an idea, or depicting "reality," or simply showing the world as it really is?
The comment on one hand humorously illustrates the desperation of a man trying to claim some validity despite a lack of success in his home city of Seattle.
On the other, it is an attempt to prey on the mysterious mythology of gaining a following in the foreign land of Europe, where somehow, these more highly-cultivated lovers of art recognize genius where we cannot. Music labels release different versions of the same albums, with additional bonus tracks for European audiences.
The ways in which people talk online are monstrous. But I don’t think it would have inhibited the release of that film if it had happened 20 years later. “I am attached to the romance of the movie theatre. It is much more rare for young people to have that attachment. I am lucky and grateful to have done what I’ve done.
There is this shaming and cruelty on the Twitter-sphere. There were just as many haters then as there are now. As far as Amazon goes, I am grateful there is still an entity that is interested in movies.” We need the likes of Todd Solondz. And quality is not an issue, of course; the same is true for a release from Bob Dylan or Beck as it is with some new flavor of the month, giving a nice fabric softener to their emperors new clothes. What has mass appeal in Europe often has only a select audience at home.Forget the tired cliché of Jerry Lewis fans in France Ive never seen or heard of them, not a one; the seriously adored honorary American darlings of Western Europe are those such as filmmakers Woody Allen, Jim Jarmusch, Todd Solondz, singer Leonard Cohen, and author Paul Auster, to name a few.Happiness and the rest of his crap is always saturated with elements that overstep the lines of common decency, and this makes it compelling to watch it.It becomes the train wreck at which you stare, compelled; you're not approving of the behavior in the film, you're celebrating the film for not pulling any punches.Back in 1998, the internet was still background noise that could be avoided. “Something has to be fresh to have a theatrical life now.