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A lighter shade of Solondz in new film 'Dark Horse'

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Posted: Friday, August 10, 2012 12:00 am

The last time I interviewed Todd Solondz - one of independent cinema's most acidic provocateurs - he joked that his agents were thrilled with his black comedy "Dark Horse" "because there's no child molestation, masturbation or rape in it."

"I was being a little bit flip," Solondz said more recently. Even so, he admitted, he deliberately avoided the kind of "hot-button" topics that had sparked outrage in some quarters upon the release of his previous cringe-fests: Think sexually charged prepubescent bullying ("Welcome to the Dollhouse"), pedophilia ("Happiness") and a smug Jewish family, obsessed with the Holocaust, whose members are gassed to death by a disgruntled housekeeper ("Storytelling").

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