257 Great Directors: Steven Soderbergh

“If you’re sitting around thinking what other people think about your work, you’ll just become paralysed.”

What Got This Director Here?
: Super prolific, arguably the best at the “one for me, one for the studio” rule.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Magic Mike.

What Did I Watch: His Palme winning debut: Sex Lies and Videotape.

Where Does He Fit: Sex Lies and Videotape may not be a particularly formally inventive one, but as a script, it’s pretty unbeatable, and it gives the four primary cast members some deliciously complicated material to work for. We all create desiring images in our heads, and we all have our little sex problems, but how many of us have been forced to confront both of these issues at the same time in so loopy a way? Hard to imagine how this only scraped a Screenplay nomination, but considering what else happened that year, maybe it’s for the best that this just endures as a Palme winning debut, with MacDowell’s vocal trickery and the horrifying dynamic shifts in the cast giving us something new and something old-fashioned.


Most Valuable Asset: He’s always out testing something weird.
Most Excited For: King of the Hill.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Frankly, shocked he’s not on the main list.

Coming Up Next: Arguably the best female director out there today, Kathryn Bigelow.


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