David O. Russell on “Silver Linings Playbook”

Thursday, January 24, 2013

David O. Russell talks about his latest film, “Silver Linings Playbook,” which he wrote and directed. It’s based on the bestselling novel by Matthew Quick and is a family drama, comedy, and love story combined, and stars Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, and Robert DeNiro. It has been nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Director.


David O. Russell

Comments [7]

Kd from CT

As someone who has family member with this exact illness I thought the movie did something that I have never seen before: addressed an issue people try and hide head on. I thought the movie was wonderful. I had no problem with taking a heavey subject and trying to make it lighter. At least it gives a glimpse into an illness which most people know nothing about!

Jan. 24 2013 03:04 PM
Condo from Vermont

Silver linings was excellent: if we can't smile and tense up in the same movie then what are emotional connections all about. Little did we know of David's connection to mental illness thru his family and the poignant way he dealt with it. Bravo. This director has it downer regardless of the Oscar decisions. A great interview.

Jan. 24 2013 02:36 PM

We did not think the problem with the movie was black humor or making fun of people. It was just a plain old badly made movie.

Jan. 24 2013 02:15 PM

My family is with licnyc - we couldn't even sit through the whole show. Horrible!
PS - the nominations for this year's awards were very poor.

Jan. 24 2013 02:09 PM
jim from Arizona

lincyc from queens, some comedy is dark. The movie is bitter sweet like life. The movie wasn't making fun of the characters, instead it showed them for what they are, fallible humans.

Jan. 24 2013 01:48 PM
Pearl from NY via Germantown, MD

Wow. I had a diametrically opposite opinion of this movie. I simply loved it and its treatment of family and handling of mental illness. There is a transparency to how all of the connections play into the characters history and healing. The strong writing was reminiscent of Arthur Miller's ability to show the truth on the precipice of tragedy. Jennifer Lawrence is my favorite young actor and Bradley Cooper finally channels his awkward energy in an authentic and rewarding role.

Jan. 24 2013 01:16 PM
licnyc from queens

We hated this movie. The characters were struggling with terrible mental illness and the audience was laughing through out the movie. There was nothing funny about this. Watching his parents get beaten was not a fun time, And then the end everything is wonderful because the two people found each other, like somehow finding a partner just erases your mental illness. It was an awful horrible movie,

Jan. 24 2013 12:56 PM

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