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Title:
Steven Soderbergh : interviews
Author:
Kaufman, Anthony.
Publication Information:
Jackson : University Press of Mississippi, [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
xxix, 171 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9781578064281

9781578064298
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Book

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Steven Soderbergh's cinema-making star has blazed with sex, lies, and videotape , sputtered with The Underneath , and flared again with the acclaimed movie Traffic .

Steven Soderbergh: Interviews charts the rise and fall and rise of the writer-director-producer's surprising career from 1989 to 2001. From his "flavor of the month" status with his debut film sex, lies, and videotape to his Academy Award-winning feature Traffic , Soderbergh's road to success is fraught with ups and downs.

On each and every film, the book details such experiences as his creative crisis surrounding his fourth film, The Underneath , and his rejuvenation with the ultra-low budget free-style Schizopolis , and the mainstream achievements that followed with Erin Brockovich and Traffic .

Spanning twelve years, these conversations reveal Soderbergh (b. 1963) to be as self-effacing and lighthearted in his later more established years as he was when just starting out. He comes across as a man undaunted by the glitz and power of Hollywood, remaining, above all, a truly independent filmmaker unafraid to get his hands dirty and pick up the camera himself.

Not only do the interviews provide a glimpse into the filmmaker's aesthetics, but they also offer a history of the U.S. independent film movement in the late 1980s and 1990s--the explosion of "independent films," studios and film festivals, and the Hollywood co-optation of such talents, Soderbergh included. The collection also reveals the increasingly blurred boundaries between independent and mainstream and Soderbergh's commitment to revitalizing cinema from inside the system.


Summary

Steven Soderbergh's cinema-making star has blazed with sex, lies, and videotape , sputtered with The Underneath , and flared again with the acclaimed movie Traffic .

Steven Soderbergh: Interviews charts the rise and fall and rise of the writer-director-producer's surprising career from 1989 to 2001. From his "flavor of the month" status with his debut film sex, lies, and videotape to his Academy Award-winning feature Traffic , Soderbergh's road to success is fraught with ups and downs.

On each and every film, the book details such experiences as his creative crisis surrounding his fourth film, The Underneath , and his rejuvenation with the ultra-low budget free-style Schizopolis , and the mainstream achievements that followed with Erin Brockovich and Traffic .

Spanning twelve years, these conversations reveal Soderbergh (b. 1963) to be as self-effacing and lighthearted in his later more established years as he was when just starting out. He comes across as a man undaunted by the glitz and power of Hollywood, remaining, above all, a truly independent filmmaker unafraid to get his hands dirty and pick up the camera himself.

Not only do the interviews provide a glimpse into the filmmaker's aesthetics, but they also offer a history of the U.S. independent film movement in the late 1980s and 1990s--the explosion of "independent films," studios and film festivals, and the Hollywood co-optation of such talents, Soderbergh included. The collection also reveals the increasingly blurred boundaries between independent and mainstream and Soderbergh's commitment to revitalizing cinema from inside the system.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Whether they prefer the early, low-budget sex, lies, and videotape or Erin Brockovich, Steven Soderbergh fans will appreciate a new collection of interviews with this year's "It" filmmaker put together by indieWIRE.com editor Anthony Kaufman. Steven Soderbergh: Interviews features conversations with the director that originally appeared in publications like Rolling Stone and the Village Voice, spanning from 1989 to 2000. With his famously self-deprecating sense of humor, the director reflects on all stages of his career, from his phenomenal freshman success with sex, lies through the indie efforts of the mid-'90s to recent blockbusters Out of Sight, Traffic and Ocean's 11. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Publisher's Weekly Review

Whether they prefer the early, low-budget sex, lies, and videotape or Erin Brockovich, Steven Soderbergh fans will appreciate a new collection of interviews with this year's "It" filmmaker put together by indieWIRE.com editor Anthony Kaufman. Steven Soderbergh: Interviews features conversations with the director that originally appeared in publications like Rolling Stone and the Village Voice, spanning from 1989 to 2000. With his famously self-deprecating sense of humor, the director reflects on all stages of his career, from his phenomenal freshman success with sex, lies through the indie efforts of the mid-'90s to recent blockbusters Out of Sight, Traffic and Ocean's 11. ( Mar.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Table of Contents

Terri MinskyMichel Ciment and Hubert NiogretHarlan JacobsonGene SiskelKatherine DieckmannMichel Ciment and Hubert NiogretMichel Ciment and Hubert NiogretKenneth M. ChankoMichel Ciment and Hubert NiogretKevin LallyPatricia ThomsonPaula S. BernsteinEd KelleherDennis LimPaul MalcolmSheila JohnstonScott Kelton JonesMichael SragowScott Siegel and Barbara SiegelAnne ThompsonDennis LimAnthony KaufmanTerri MinskyMichel Ciment and Hubert NiogretHarlan JacobsonGene SiskelKatherine DieckmannMichel Ciment and Hubert NiogretMichel Ciment and Hubert NiogretKenneth M. ChankoMichel Ciment and Hubert NiogretKevin LallyPatricia ThomsonPaula S. BernsteinEd KelleherDennis LimPaul MalcolmSheila JohnstonScott Kelton JonesMichael SragowScott Siegel and Barbara SiegelAnne ThompsonDennis LimAnthony Kaufman
Introductionp. ix
Chronologyp. xix
Filmographyp. xxiii
Hot Phenom: Hollywood Makes a Big Deal over Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies, and videotapep. 3
Interview with Steven Soderbergh: sex, lies, and videotapep. 13
Steven Soderbergh, King of Cannes: Truth or Consequencesp. 24
Candid Camera: sex, lies, and videotape Director Faces Realityp. 34
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Steven Soderbergh Comes Cleanp. 38
An Exploration of the Work Kafkap. 45
Interview with Steven Soderbergh: King of the Hillp. 56
Steven Soderbergh Hopes That Three Is His Lucky Numberp. 66
Interview with Steven Soderbergh: The Underneathp. 70
Soderbergh's The Underneath Brings '90s Style to Film Noirp. 81
Crazy for You: Steven Soderbergh Cuts Loose with Schizopolisp. 88
Suddenly Soderbergh: The Onetime Wunderkind Beats the Backlashp. 98
Out of Sightp. 102
Sight Seeing: Steven Soderbergh Loosens Upp. 108
Back in Sight: The Return of Steven Soderberghp. 110
The Flashback Kidp. 114
Straight Man: Joking Around, or Not, with Limey Director Steven Soderberghp. 120
Emotion, Truth, and Celluloidp. 125
Soderbergh's Starpowerp. 135
Steven Soderbergh: From sex, lies, and videotape to Erin Brockovich--A Maverick Director's Route (with Detours) to Hollywood Cloutp. 139
Having Your Way with Hollywood, or the Further Adventures of Steven Soderberghp. 148
Man of the Year: Steven Soderbergh Traffics in Successp. 157
73rd Academy Awardsp. 166
Indexp. 169
Introductionp. ix
Chronologyp. xix
Filmographyp. xxiii
Hot Phenom: Hollywood Makes a Big Deal over Steven Soderbergh's sex, lies, and videotapep. 3
Interview with Steven Soderbergh: sex, lies, and videotapep. 13
Steven Soderbergh, King of Cannes: Truth or Consequencesp. 24
Candid Camera: sex, lies, and videotape Director Faces Realityp. 34
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire: Steven Soderbergh Comes Cleanp. 38
An Exploration of the Work Kafkap. 45
Interview with Steven Soderbergh: King of the Hillp. 56
Steven Soderbergh Hopes That Three Is His Lucky Numberp. 66
Interview with Steven Soderbergh: The Underneathp. 70
Soderbergh's The Underneath Brings '90s Style to Film Noirp. 81
Crazy for You: Steven Soderbergh Cuts Loose with Schizopolisp. 88
Suddenly Soderbergh: The Onetime Wunderkind Beats the Backlashp. 98
Out of Sightp. 102
Sight Seeing: Steven Soderbergh Loosens Upp. 108
Back in Sight: The Return of Steven Soderberghp. 110
The Flashback Kidp. 114
Straight Man: Joking Around, or Not, with Limey Director Steven Soderberghp. 120
Emotion, Truth, and Celluloidp. 125
Soderbergh's Starpowerp. 135
Steven Soderbergh: From sex, lies, and videotape to Erin Brockovich--A Maverick Director's Route (with Detours) to Hollywood Cloutp. 139
Having Your Way with Hollywood, or the Further Adventures of Steven Soderberghp. 148
Man of the Year: Steven Soderbergh Traffics in Successp. 157
73rd Academy Awardsp. 166
Indexp. 169

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