Storytelling (film)

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DVD cover
Directed by Todd Solondz
Produced by Christine Vachon
Ted Hope
Written by Todd Solondz
Starring Selma Blair
Leo Fitzpatrick
Paul Giamatti
John Goodman
Music by Nathan Larson
Belle & Sebastian
Cinematography Frederick Elmes
Edited by Alan Oxman
Distributed by Fine Line Features
Release dates
  • May 12, 2001 (2001-05-12) (Cannes)
  • January 25, 2002 (2002-01-25)
Running time
87 minutes[1]
Country United States
Language English
Box office $921,445[2]

Storytelling is a 2001 American comedy-drama film written and directed by Todd Solondz. It features original music by Belle & Sebastian, later compiled on an album of the same name. It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.[3]


The film consists of two stories that are unrelated and have different actors, titled "Fiction" and "Non-Fiction". College and high school serve as the backdrop for these two stories about dysfunction and personal turmoil.

"Fiction," starring Selma Blair, is about a group of college students in a creative writing class taught by a professor who has affairs with his students.

"Non-Fiction," starring Paul Giamatti and John Goodman, is about the filming of a high school student and his family through the college application process.


The original version of the film featured a third story entitled "Autobiography", concerning, among other things, a closeted football player played by actor James van der Beek. The main character has an explicit sex scene with a male partner (Steven Rosen); the entire story was cut from the final version.[4]



Red box controversy[edit]

During the sex scene in the "Fiction" part of the film, a red box was added for the American version of the film, blocking the audience's view of a rough sex scene between Selma Blair and Robert Wisdom. This was used to bend the rules of the MPAA's rating system, allowing the film to obtain the R rating instead of NC-17.[5] The box is not present in the international version of the film, although in the American DVD release, both options are available.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "STORYTELLING (18)". British Board of Film Classification. 2001-10-03. Retrieved 2013-05-29. 
  2. ^ Storytelling at Box Office Mojo Retrieved May 29, 2013
  3. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Storytelling". Retrieved 2009-10-23. 
  4. ^ Fierman, Daniel (Feb 6, 2002). "Kindest Cuts". Entertainment Weekly. 
  5. ^ Hubbell, Anne (January 11, 2002). "'Storytelling' at Sundance with Todd Solondz". CNN. 

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