DAVID O. RUSSELL

The latest film from David O. Russell, Silver Linings Playbook, recently won the People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival. His other films include Spanking the Monkey (1994), Flirting with Disaster (1996), Three Kings (1999), I Heart Huckabees (2004), and The Fighter (2010).

 

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Silver Linings Playbook wins Toronto Film Festival People’s Choice Award
David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook won the Blackberry People’s Choice Award at the 2012 Toronto Film Festival, which concluded with a ceremony this afternoon.

Silver Linings Playbook: NY Times Review
Mr. Russell, on the other hand, a virtuoso of chaos, has supreme command over a movie that regularly feels as if it’s teetering on the edge of hysteria, in respect to the characters and director both. But Mr. Russell doesn’t just choreograph bedlam, he also tames it, and worrying that it might all go kablooey with one shout too many is one of the pleasures of his work, which includes films like the aptly titled “Flirting With Disaster.” Like a singer who quavers tauntingly, thrillingly close to going off-key, Mr. Russell never loses control. Watching him pull back from the brink can be a delight.

Silver Linings Playbook Inspiration: Glenholme School
The school, he added, inspired him to make his latest movie, “Silver Linings Playbook,” about a former teacher, played by Bradley Cooper, who suffers from a bipolar disorder, and moves back in with his family. The serio-comedy, which has already garnered Oscar buzz, especially for performances by Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro, features Mr. Russell’s son in a small role and will be released by the Weinstein Co. next month.

Ghetto Film School
David O. Russell met Andrew while receiving an honorary degree from his alma mater at Amherst College, and a month later hosted the two of us in his home — minutes into seeing one of the kids’ project, he turned to me and said “You know Joe, I should be on your board and then I could really help you guys.” What?! Without David there is no GFS today, as he was the one who skillfully brought us the industry people with the committment, skills, resources and good heart to build the organization.

Hollywood Reporter Interview with George Clooney
“I saw David a few weeks ago at a party. There was a bunch of filmmakers there. And I felt compelled to go over and go, ‘So are we done?’ And he goes, ‘Please.’ And I said, ‘OK.’ Because we made a really, really great film, and we had a really rough time together, but it’s a case of both of us getting older. I really do appreciate the work he continues to do, and I think he appreciates what I’m trying to do.”

Movieline Interview with Lily Tomlin
It happens sometimes — but David is a very mercurial person, and that’s part of why he’s so brilliant. He almost reflects the movie. I did two movies with him, and I Heart Huckabees was so crazy, so all over the place, I think he kind of embodies intuitively whatever he’s trying to make happen. It was just crazy, crazy stuff. We were always doing something, and then we’d get manic and crazy and I just flipped out on him. Then he flipped out on me. And you know, stuff goes on. But it’s nothing. It’s like family. If you have a big fight in your family, usually it’s treated that way on the set. We don’t want to misbehave; believe me, it’s embarrassing. It’s humiliating, you know? Because you just lose it. You act like a crazy person. [Laughs] But I adore David. I adore him as a talent. A lot of my friends said, “Well, you won’t work with him again.” I said, “Of course I would! I adore him, I love him. He’s brilliant.”

 

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