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Todd Solondz is a modern, American auteur: he is involved in every aspect of his films' production and all his films employ a similar aesthetic. He had his breakthrough with the film 'Welcome to the Dollhouse' in 1995, and later made 'Happiness' and 'Storytelling', featuring actors such as John Goodman and Paul Giamatti. In 2009 he made 'Life During Wartime', loosely associated with 'Happiness'. Todd Solondz has received a lot of recognition internationally but is less known in his home country the US.