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Rhonda Lieberman on Todd Solondz

WALTER BENJAMIN SAID it’s the winners whose histories are told, but Todd Solondz’s latest film proves it’s the losers. In two parts (“Fiction” and “Non-Fiction”), Storytelling—which premiered at Cannes last May and just opened in New York and Los Angeles—shows people ruined by the very stories they hope will redeem them.

Like The Journalist and the Murderer, Janet Malcolm’s classic study of the self-interested swap meet implicit in all narrative exchanges, Storytelling explores how we tell our story to console or vindicate ourselves—only to see it used for entirely different purposes. Easy to read as a response to critics who have dissed Solondz’s work as mean-spirited and/or cynical, Storytelling takes on those who fret about the artist’s worthy intentions, and contends that all stories exploit their subjects—intentionally or not. With a song in my heart, I met with the Jersey-bred Yalie

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