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Aaron Baker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036057

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036057.001.0001

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The Films of Steven Soderbergh

The Films of Steven Soderbergh

(p.1) The Films of Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh

Aaron Baker

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines the films of Steven Soderbergh. Soderbergh's twenty feature films present a diverse range of subject matter and formal styles. They range from his 1989 breakthrough hit Sex, Lies, and Videotape, about the sex lives of four twenty-somethings, to social-problem films such as Erin Brockovich and The Informant! (2009). Even the cost of making his films has shown great variety, ranging from the six-figure budget for Schizopolis (1996) to the star-studded Ocean's series blockbusters (2001, 2004, 2007) that averaged nearly one hundred million dollars to produce. The eclecticism in Soderbergh's movies would appear to invalidate a claim to the distinctive style typical of film authorship. However, the chapter argues that the variety of his work and the commercial viability of some of his films are prominent aspects of his individual style.

Keywords:   Steven Soderbergh, filmmakers, film directors, filmmaking, Erich Brockovich, The Informant!, Sex, Lies, and Videotape

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