The film, a modestly formed but piercingly observed study of an unhappily married couple who relationship is further ruptured by the intervention of an unnerving, sexually dysfunctional drifter, wears its own influences, from Rohmer to Roeg, on its sleeve. Other names in the hunt were, improbably enough, action-movie merchants Jerry Bruckheimer and Don Simpson: such was the volume of buzz around this tiny talkfest.
Sundance would gradually acquire a reputation for more wholesome, socially conscious or cutely quirky fare, while Miramax, too, pursued the more polite form of prestige cinema that would eventually make them an awards magnet. Thirty years is longer than a generation, after all.
The Cinema of Steven Soderbergh – Andrew deWaard
With the Weinsteins now a past-tense force, and A24 holding the prestige Miramax once had, independent cinema is now a different landscape, complete with new leaders, new challenges and new films as yardsticks of success. Meanwhile, the looming shadow of Netflix — a platform that almost certainly would bid for sex, lies and videotape were it unveiled to similar acclaim today — is forcing an industry-wide reappraisal of what an independent film is and where it can thrive.
Soderbergh has long proven adaptable in these matters. It was a then innovative multiplatform strategy that is now standard for any small-scale indie entering the market. Some of the industry changes sex, lies and videotape ushered in are still with us; others are facing new, uncertain revisions in form and function. Product description Review [An] excellent book on this maverick, shape-shifting filmmaker Immaculately researched and illustrated with frame blowups throughout the text, the volume is an important contribution to the field Highly recommended. See all Product description.
The Cinema of Steven Soderbergh: Indie Sex, Corporate Lies, and Digital Videotape
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A rather self-important volume that seems far more interested in turning a clever phrase and showing off to other film scholars than actually appreciating or analyzing the films, the influences, and the impact of Soderbergh. A few worthwhile observations - but they are buried in pedanticism.
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