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David O. Russell

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Director David O. Russell.

Film writer/director David O. Russell. He made his film debut with the prize-winning independent film, "Spanking the Monkey." His latest film is "Flirting with Disaster" starring Ben Stiller and Patricia Arquette.


Debut Director David Russell on His Dark Family Drama

Russell is the writer and director of the movie “Spanking the Monkey." It's about Raymond, who returns after his freshman year at MIT to find he has to spend the summer caring for his mother, who’s broken her leg. His loneliness, combined with his mother’s depression, results in a dark comedy about mother-son incest. “Spanking the Monkey” won the Audience Award for the most popular dramatic film at the Sundance Film Festival in January.


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