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Steven Soderbergh

Steven Andrew Soderbergh (; born January 14, 1963) is an American film director, producer, screenwriter, cinematographer, and editor. An early pioneer of modern independent cinema, Soderbergh is an acclaimed and prolific filmmaker.

Steven Soderbergh
Soderbergh at the Venice International Film Festival, 2013
Born
Steven Andrew Soderbergh

(1963-01-14)January 14, 1963 (age 58)
Occupation
  • Director
  • producer
  • screenwriter
  • cinematographer
  • editor
Years active1981–present
Works
Filmography
MovementIndependent cinema
Spouse(s)
Children1

Soderbergh's directorial-breakthrough indie drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) lifted him into the public spotlight as a notable presence in the film industry. At 26, Soderbergh became the youngest solo director to win the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and the film garnered worldwide commercial success, as well as numerous accolades. His breakthrough led to success in Hollywood, where he directed the crime comedy Out of Sight (1998), the biopic Erin Brockovich (2000), and the crime drama film Traffic (2000). For Traffic, he won the Academy Award for Best Director.

He found further popular and critical success with the Ocean's trilogy and film franchise (2001–18); Contagion (2011); Magic Mike (2012); Side Effects (2013); Logan Lucky (2017); and Unsane (2018). His film career spans a multitude of genres, but his specialties are psychological, crime, and heist thrillers. His films have grossed over US$2.2 billion worldwide and garnered nine Oscar nominations, winning seven.

Soderbergh's films often revolve around familiar concepts which are regularly used for big-budget Hollywood movies, but he routinely employs an avant-garde arthouse approach. They center on themes of shifting personal identities, vengeance, sexuality, morality, and the human condition. His feature films are often distinctive in the realm of cinematography as a result of his having been influenced by avant-garde cinema, coupled with his use of unconventional film and camera formats. Many of Soderbergh's films are anchored by multi-dimensional storylines with plot twists, nonlinear storytelling, experimental sequencing, suspenseful soundscapes, and third-person vantage points.

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Soderbergh was born on January 14, 1963, in Atlanta, Georgia, to Mary Ann (néeBernard) and Peter Andrew Soderbergh, who was a university administrator and educator. He has Swedish, Irish, and Italian roots. Soderbergh's paternal grandfather immigrated to the U.S. from Stockholm. As a child, he moved with his family to Charlottesville, Virginia, where he lived during his adolescence, and then to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where his father became Dean of Education at Louisiana State University (LSU). Soderbergh discovered filmmaking as a teenager and directed short films with a Super 8 and 16 mm cameras. He attended the Louisiana State University Laboratory School for high school before graduating and moving to Hollywood to pursue professional filmmaking. In his first job he worked as a game show composer and cue card holder; soon after which he found work as a freelance film editor. During this time, he directed the concert video 9012Live for the rock band Yes in 1985, for which he received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Music Video, Long Form.

1989: directorial debut

After Soderbergh returned to Baton Rouge, he wrote the screenplay for Sex, Lies, and Videotape on a legal pad during an eight-day cross country drive. The movie tells the story of a troubled man who videotapes women discussing their lives and sexuality, and his impact on the relationship of a married couple. Soderbergh submitted the film to the 1989 Cannes Film Festival where it won a variety of awards, including the Palme d'Or. Its critical performance led it to become a worldwide commercial success, grossing $36.7 million on a $1.2 million budget. The film was considered to be the most influential catalyst of the 1990s Independent Cinema movement. At age 26, Soderbergh became the youngest solo director and the second youngest director to win the festival's top award. Movie critic Roger Ebert called Soderbergh the "poster boy of the Sundance generation". His relative youth and sudden rise to prominence in the film industry had him referred to as a "sensation" and a prodigy. In 2006, the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, being deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" and the American Film Institute nominated it as one of the greatest movies ever made.

1990–1997: critical and commercial downturn

"When I say this is the most important motion picture you'll ever attend, my motivation is not financial gain, but a firm belief that the delicate fabric that holds all of us together will be ripped apart unless every man, woman, and child in this country sees this film and pays full ticket price, not some bargain matinée cut-rate deal."

– Soderbergh's introduction to Schizopolis (1996).

Soderbergh's directorial debut was followed by a series of low-budget box-office disappointments. In 1991, he directed Kafka, a biopic of Franz Kafka written by Lem Dobbs and starring Jeremy Irons. The film returned one tenth of its budget and received mixed reviews from critics. Roger Ebert's review stated, "Soderbergh does demonstrate again here that he's a gifted director, however unwise in his choice of project". Two years later, he directed the drama King of the Hill (1993), which again underperformed commercially, but fared well with critics. Based on the memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film is set during the Great Depression and follows a young boy (played by Jesse Bradford) struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St. Louis after his mother falls ill and his father is away on business trips. Also in 1995, he directed a remake of Robert Siodmak's 1949 film noir Criss Cross, titled The Underneath, which grossed $536,020 on a $6.5 million budget and was widely panned by critics. Soderbergh has since called the film "dead on arrival" and described the making of it as his bottoming out.

Soderbergh directed Schizopolis in 1996, a comedy which he starred in, wrote, composed, and shot as well as directed. The 96-minute film was submitted to the Cannes Film Festival to such a "chilly response" that he reworked the entire introduction and conclusion before releasing it commercially. In the movie's introduction, he said: ”In the event that you find certain sequences or events confusing, please bear in mind this is your fault, not ours. You will need to see the picture again and again until you understand everything". He starred in Schizopolis as Fletcher Munson, a spokesman for a Scientology-esque lifestyle cult, and again as Dr. Jeffrey Korchek, a dentist having an affair with Munson's wife. The film switched languages multiple times mid-scene without subtitles, leaving large parts of it incomprehensible. It was viewed by a critic as a "directorial palate cleanse" for Soderbergh. During the months following his debut of Schizopolis, he released a small, edited version of the Spalding Gray monologue film Gray's Anatomy. Soderbergh would later refer to Schizopolis as his "artistic wake-up call". Soderbergh co-wrote the script for the 1997 horror-thriller Nightwatch with Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal, an English-language remake of his own film of the same name produced in his native country.

1998–2008: reemergence and Ocean's trilogy

Soderbergh's reemergence began in 1998 with Out of Sight, a stylized adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel, written by Scott Frank and starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. The film was widely praised, though only a moderate box-office success. The critical reception of the movie began a multi-movie artistic partnership between Clooney and Soderbergh. Soderbergh followed up on the success of Out of Sight by making another crime caper, The Limey (1999), from a screenplay by Lem Dobbs and starring actors Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda. The film was well-received and established him within the cinematic niche of thriller and heist films. He ventured into his first biographical film in 2000 when he directed Erin Brockovich, written by Susannah Grant and starring Julia Roberts in her Oscar-winning role as a single mother taking on industry in a civil action. In late 2000, Soderbergh released Traffic, a social drama written by Stephen Gaghan and featuring an ensemble cast. Time magazine compared him to a baseball player hitting home runs with Erin Brockovich and Traffic. Both films would be nominated at the 2001 Academy Awards, making him the first director to have been nominated in the same year for Best Director for two different films since Michael Curtiz in 1938. He was awarded the Academy Award for Best Director for Traffic and received best director nominations at the year's Golden Globe and the Directors Guild of America Awards.

Soderbergh supported director Christopher Nolan (pictured) in his transition from independent to studio filmmaking.

In early 2001, he was approached to direct a reboot of the 1960s Rat Pack-movie Ocean's 11 by Ted Griffin. After Griffin wrote the screenplay, Soderbergh signed on to direct. The film opened to critical acclaim and widespread commercial success. It quickly became Soderbergh's highest-grossing movie to date, grossing more than $183 million domestically and more than $450 million worldwide. Rolling Stone credited the movie with "[spawning] a new era of heist movies". In the same year, Soderbergh made Full Frontal, which was shot mostly on digital video in an improvisational style that deliberately blurred the line between which actors were playing characters and which were playing fictionalized versions of themselves. A year later, he was asked by executives at Warner Bros Studios to direct the psychological thriller Insomnia (2002), starring Academy Award winners Al Pacino, Robin Williams, and Hilary Swank. Despite their insistence, Soderbergh wanted to use the film as a transitory project for up-and-coming director Christopher Nolan.

Before returning to the Ocean's series, Soderbergh directed K Street (2003), a ten-part political HBO series he co-produced with George Clooney. The series was both partially improvised and each episode being produced in the five days prior to airing to take advantage of topical events that could be worked into the fictional narrative. Actual political players appeared as themselves, either in cameos or portraying fictionalized versions of themselves, notably James Carville and Mary Matalin.

"The reason my career took such a left turn at a certain point was because I realized I was in danger of becoming a formalist. But that wasn't the best representation of me–even as a person. It's easy to fall into that because it's a very isolated position to occupy and it's easy to keep other elements–people and ideas–at a distance."

– Soderbergh (in 2008) on his transition from Sex, Lies, and Videotape to more stylized, heist and psychological thrillers.

Soderbergh directed Ocean's Twelve, a sequel to Ocean's Eleven, in 2004. The second installment received muted critical reviews, and was another commercially successful film, grossing $362.7 million on a $110 million budget. Matt Singer of IndieWire called it a "Great Sequel About How Hard It Is to Make a Great Sequel." Also in 2004, Soderbergh produced and co-wrote the adapted screenplay for the film Criminal—a remake of the Argentine film Nine Queens—with his longtime assistant director Gregory Jacobs, who made his directorial debut with the film.

A year later, Soderbergh directed Bubble (2005), a $1.6 million film featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors. It opened in selected theaters and HDNet simultaneously, and four days later on DVD. Industry heads were reportedly watching how the film performed, as its unusual release schedule could have implications for future feature films. Theater-owners, who at the time had been suffering from dropping attendance rates, did not welcome so-called "day-and-date" movies. National Association of Theatre Owners chief executive John Fithian indirectly called the film's release model "the biggest threat to the viability of the cinema industry today." Soderbergh's response to such criticism: "I don't think it's going to destroy the movie-going experience any more than the ability to get takeout has destroyed the restaurant business." A romantic drama set in post-war Berlin, The Good German, starring Cate Blanchett and Clooney, was released in late 2006. The film performed poorly commercially grossing $5.9 million worldwide against a budget of $32 million.

Soderbergh next directed Ocean's Thirteen, which was released in June 2007 to further commercial success and increased critical acclaim. Grossing $311.3 million on an $85 million budget, it is the second highest-grossing film of his career after the first Ocean's. The film concluded what would later be known as the Ocean's trilogy, a collection of heist movies that would go on to be described as defining a new era of heist films. Soderbergh directed Che, which was released in theatres in two parts titled The Argentine and Guerrilla, and was presented in the main competition of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, on May 22. Benicio del Toro played Argentine guerrilla Ernesto "Che" Guevara in an epic four-hour double bill which looks first at his role in the Cuban Revolution before moving to his campaign and eventual death in Bolivia. Soderbergh shot his feature film The Girlfriend Experience in New York in 2008. Soderbergh cast adult film star Sasha Grey as the film's lead actress to great reception and controversy.

2009–2016: mainstream success and brief hiatus

Soderbergh's first film of 2009 was The Informant!, a black comedy starring Matt Damon as corporate whistleblower Mark Whitacre. Whitacre wore a wire for two-and-a-half years for the FBI as a high-level executive at a Fortune 500 company, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), in one of the largest price-fixing cases in history. The film was released on September 18, 2009. The script for the movie was written by Scott Z. Burns based on Kurt Eichenwald's book, The Informant. The film grossed $41 million on a $22 million budget and received generally favorable reviews from critics. Also in 2009, Soderbergh shot a small improvised film with the cast of the play, The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg, a comedy about a theatre company staging Chekhov's Three Sisters. He has stated that he does not want it seen by the public, and only intended it for the cast. Soderbergh nearly filmed a feature adaptation of the baseball book Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt and Demetri Martin. The book, by Michael Lewis, tells of how Billy Beane, general manager of Oakland Athletics, used statistical analysis to make up for what he lacked in funds to beat the odds and lead his team to a series of notable wins in 2002. Disagreements between Sony and Soderbergh about revisions to Steven Zaillian's version of the screenplay led to Soderbergh's dismissal from the project only days prior to filming in June 2009. In 2010, Soderbergh shot the action-thriller Haywire, starring Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, Michael Fassbender, and Channing Tatum which, even though was shot in early 2010, was not released until January 2012.

Soderbergh with his wife, Jules Asner, at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival
Soderbergh (second from left) with cast and crew of Behind the Candelabra at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival

In the fall of 2010, Soderbergh shot the epic virus thriller Contagion, written by Scott Z. Burns. With a cast including Matt Damon, Kate Winslet, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laurence Fishburne, Marion Cotillard and Jude Law, the film follows the outbreak of a lethal pandemic across the globe and the efforts of doctors and scientists to discover the cause and develop a cure. Soderbergh premiered it at the 68th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy on September 3, 2011, and released it to the general public six days later to commercial success and widespread critical acclaim. Grossing $135.5 million on a $60 million budget, Manohla Dargis of The New York Times called his film a "smart, spooky thriller about a thicket of contemporary plagues—a killer virus, rampaging fear, an unscrupulous blogger—is as ruthlessly effective as the malady at its cool, cool center."

In August 2011, Soderbergh served as a second unit director on The Hunger Games and filmed much of the District 11 riot scene. In September and October 2011, he shot Magic Mike, a film starring Channing Tatum, about the actor's experiences working as a male stripper in his youth. Tatum played the title mentor character, while Alex Pettyfer played a character based on Tatum. The film was released on June 29, 2012 to a strong commercial performance and favorable critical acclaim. Throughout 2012, Soderbergh had announced his intention to retire from feature filmmaking. He stated that "when you reach the point where you're saying, 'If I have to get into a van to do another scout, I'm just going to shoot myself,' it's time to let somebody who's still excited about getting in the van, get in the van." Soderbergh later said that he would retire from filmmaking and begin to explore painting. A few weeks later, Soderbergh played down his earlier comments, saying a filmmaking "sabbatical" was more accurate. For his then-final feature film, he directed the psychological thriller Side Effects, which starred Jude Law, Rooney Mara, Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta-Jones. It was shot in April 2012 and was released on February 8, 2013. Screened at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, A. O. Scott of The New York Times stated, that Soderbergh "[handled] it brilliantly, serving notice once again that he is a crackerjack genre technician." In the end, while promoting Side Effects in early 2013, he clarified that he had a five-year plan that saw him transitioning away from making feature films around his fiftieth birthday. Around that time, he gave a much publicized speech at the San Francisco International Film Festival, detailing the obstacles facing filmmakers in the current corporate Hollywood environment.

Soderbergh had planned to commence production in early 2012 on a feature version of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., also written by Scott Z. Burns. George Clooney was set for the lead role of Napoleon Solo but had to drop out due to a recurring back injury suffered while filming Syriana. In November 2011 Soderbergh withdrew from the project due to budget and casting conflicts, and was eventually replaced by Guy Ritchie. His final televised project before heading into retirement was Behind the Candelabra. Shot in the summer of 2012, it starred Michael Douglas as legendarily flamboyant pianist Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson. The film is written by Richard LaGravenese, based on Thorson's book Behind the Candelabra: My Life with Liberace, and produced by HBO Films. It was selected to compete for the Palme d'Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.

In May 2013—only months into his retirement—Soderbergh announced that he would direct a 10-part miniseries for Cinemax called The Knick. The series followed doctors at a fictionalized version of the Knickerbocker Hospital in Manhattan in the early twentieth century. The series starred Clive Owen, Andre Holland, Jeremy Bobb, Juliet Rylance, Eve Hewson and Michael Angarano and was filmed in the fall of 2013. It began airing in August 2014 to critical acclaim. After completing the second season, Soderbergh revealed he was finished directing for the show and said, "I told them [Cinemax] that I'm going to do the first two years and then we are going to break out the story for seasons 3 and 4 and try and find a filmmaker or filmmakers to do this the way that I did. This is how we want to do this so that every two years, whoever comes on, has the freedom to create their universe."

Soderbergh at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2014

After his work with The Knick, Soderbergh began working on a variety of personal projects starting with directing an Off-Broadway play titled The Library, starring Chloë Grace Moretz in January 2014. On April 21, 2014, Soderbergh released an alternate cut of Michael Cimino's controversial 1980 Western Heaven's Gate on his website. Credited to his pseudonym Mary Ann Bernard and dubbed "The Butcher's Cut", Soderbergh's version runs 108 minutes. On September 22, 2014, he uploaded a black-and-white silent version of Raiders of the Lost Ark, with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's score of The Social Network. The purpose of it is to study the aspects of staging in filmmaking. It was announced in June 2014 that Soderbergh would be executive producing a series based on his earlier film The Girlfriend Experience for the Starz network, to premiere sometime in 2016. In September 2015, Soderbergh was announced to be directing Mosaic, a series for HBO. Starring Sharon Stone, it was a dual-media project; it was released as both an interactive movie app in November 2017 and as a six-part miniseries airing in January 2018.

2016–present: return to filmmaking

In February 2016, Soderbergh officially came out of his retirement to direct a NASCAR heist film, Logan Lucky, starring Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, and Daniel Craig, among others. The film was produced entirely by Soderbergh, with no studio involved in anything other than theatrical distribution. The film was released on August 18, 2017 by Bleecker Street and Fingerprint Releasing, his own distribution and production company. Logan Lucky was met with widespread critical acclaim, Matt Zoller Seitz writing for Roger Ebert stated: "The odds seem stacked in Logan Lucky's favor the instant you spot 'Directed by Steven Soderbergh' in the opening credits".

In July 2017, it was revealed that Soderbergh had also secretly shot a horror film using iPhones titled Unsane, and starring Claire Foy and Juno Temple. The film was released on March 23, 2018 and received well by critics. His usage of an iPhone in 4K to film the movie was considered "inspirational to aspiring filmmakers" for breaking down the perceived costs associated with producing a feature film in the United States. The movie was well received by critics with Scott Meslow of GQ noting its relevance to the modern plight of women in patriarchal societies, it was called a "nerve-jangling modern-day Kafka story".

In 2018, Soderbergh directed High Flying Bird, starring Andre Holland who played the role of a sports agent representing his rookie client with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during an NBA lockout. The film began production in February 2018 and was released on February 8, 2019, by Netflix. Soderbergh's film The Laundromat is a political thriller about the international leak of the Panama Papers, written by Scott Z. Burns and based on the book Secrecy World, by Pulitzer Prize-winner Jake Bernstein. It stars Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Jeffrey Wright, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Cromwell and Sharon Stone and premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2019 before airing on Netflix.

Soderbergh's 2020 film Let Them All Talk, was written by Deborah Eisenberg, and starred Meryl Streep, Candice Bergen, Gemma Chan, Lucas Hedges, and Dianne Wiest. It was shot in 2019, primarily aboard the ocean liner Queen Mary 2, and also in New York and the UK, and premiered on December 10, 2020 on HBO Max.

His latest film, No Sudden Move (formerly Kill Switch), is a 1950s period crime film shot in Detroit from September to November 2020. From Mosaic writer Ed Solomon, it stars Don Cheadle, Benicio del Toro, David Harbour, Amy Seimetz, Jon Hamm, Ray Liotta, Kieran Culkin, Brendan Fraser, Noah Jupe, Bill Duke, Frankie Shaw and Julia Fox. It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 18, 2021. It was released on HBO Max on July 1, 2021.

His next film, KIMI, was shot in Seattle and Los Angeles in April and May 2021. It stars Zoë Kravitz as an agoraphobic tech worker who discovers evidence of a violent crime, and reunites Soderbergh with Traffic actors Erika Christensen and Jacob Vargas.

Soderbergh is also developing a six-part miniseries written by Lem Dobbs about the life of Emin Pasha.

Style

Soderbergh's visual style often emphasizes wealthy urban settings, natural lighting, and fast-paced working environments. Film critic Drew Morton has categorized his stylistic approach to films akin to the French New Wave movement in filmmaking. Soderbergh's experimental style and tendency to reject mainstream film standards stems from his belief that "[filmmakers] are always, in essence, at the beginning of infinity ... there is always another iteration ... always will be."

On a technical level, Soderbergh prefers sustained close-ups, tracking shots, jump cuts, experimental sequencing, and frequently skips establishing shots in favor of audio and alternative visuals. Many of his films are noted for a milieu of suspense through the usage of third-person vantage points and a variety of over-the-shoulder shots. In his film Contagion (2011), he used a multi-narrative "hyperlink cinema" style, first established within the Ocean's trilogy. He is known for tracking aesthetic transitions with a variety of colored washes, most notably yellow to symbolize open, socially acceptable situations while blue washes typically symbolize illegal or socially illicit endeavors. In line with these washes, Soderbergh is liberal in his usage of montages as he believes that they are equally important story-telling as dialogue is.

Soderbergh is known for having a combative relationship with Hollywood and the standards of studio filmmaking. Film critic Roger Ebert has commented in this stylistic antagonism, "Every once in a while, perhaps as an exercise in humility, Steven Soderbergh makes a truly inexplicable film... A film so amateurish that only the professionalism of some of the actors makes it watchable... It's the kind of film where you need the director telling you what he meant to do and what went wrong and how the actors screwed up and how there was no money for retakes, etc."

In Ocean's Twelve (2004), he had actress Julia Roberts play the part of Tess, a character then forced to play a fictionalized version of Roberts. During the production stages of The Girlfriend Experience (2009) he cast adult film star Sasha Grey in the lead role. In Haywire (2011), Soderbergh cast and eventually launched the film career of professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter Gina Carano. Soderbergh's Logan Lucky (2017) made reference to his trilogy by alluding to an "Ocean's 7–11", noting the trilogy's influence on the Southern heist film.

Soderbergh's films are centered on suspenseful and ambient soundscapes. A primary way he achieves suspenseful soundscapes is by introducing audio before visuals in cut scenes, alerting the viewer of a sudden change in tone. His frequent collaborations with composers Cliff Martinez, David Holmes, and most recently Thomas Newman, provide his films with "the thematic and sonic landscapes into which he inserts his characters."

Method

"The simplest way that I can describe it is that a movie is something you see, and cinema is something that's made…. Cinema is a specificity of vision. It's an approach in which everything matters. It's the polar opposite of generic or arbitrary and the result is as unique as a signature or a fingerprint. It isn't made by a committee, and it isn't made by a company, and it isn't made by the audience."

– Soderbergh (in 2013) on the influence his methodological choices have on his films.

Soderbergh's early films—on account of his youth and lack of resources—were primarily filmed on Super 8 and 16 mm film formats. A variety of his feature films have been shot using a diverse range of camera equipment. He filmed all of The Girlfriend Experience (2009) on a Red One camera, which has retailed for $17,500—a relatively inexpensive camera for a movie produced for $1.3 million. Soderbergh filmed the entirety of Unsane (2018) on an iPhone 7 Plus with its 4K digital camera using the app FiLMiC Pro. He filmed with three rotating iPhones using a DJI stabiliser to hold the phone in place. In January 2018, he expressed an interest in filming other productions solely with iPhones going forward. He then filmed the entirety of 2019's High Flying Bird on an iPhone 8.

In addition to his directing, he is frequently a screenwriter for his films. Scott Tobias of The A. V. Club has noted his method of experimental filmmaking as "rigorously conceived, like a mathematician working out a byzantine equation". Starting in 2000 with his film Traffic, Soderbergh has used various pseudonyms when directing films in order to hide the fact that he edits, writes, and arranges in opening and closing credits.

When working with actors, Soderbergh prefers to pursue a non-intrusive directorial style. "I try and make sure they're OK, and when they're in the zone, I leave them alone. I don't get in their way." This method has attracted repeat performances by many high-profile movie stars which has established a reoccurring collaboration between them and Soderbergh.

Themes

Soderbergh's films often center the themes of shifting personal identities, sexuality, and the human condition. Richard Brody of The New Yorker stated that Soderbergh is focused on the process of presenting ideas through film rather than their actual realization. In line with this actual realization, he presents themes to critically evaluate political and corporate institutions such as money and capitalism. Film critic A. O. Scott has noted that Soderbergh has a critical interest in exploring the impact capitalist economies have on living an ethical life and the detractions associated with materialism. Money is central to many of his movies as Soderbergh believes that it serves as an obsession unrivaled by any other.

Starting with Out of Sight (1998), Soderbergh's heist films explore themes of vengeance, characters on a mission, and the morality of crime. He is generally said to have a cinematic niche in these types of films. "I've always had an attraction to caper movies, and certainly there are analogies to making a film. You have to put the right crew together, and if you lose, you go to movie jail", the director noted in 2017.

Influences

When asked about the top eleven films he regarded among the best, Soderbergh listed the following, in order: The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T. (1953), All The President's Men (1976), Annie Hall (1977), Citizen Kane (1941), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather (1972), The Godfather Part II (1974), Jaws (1975), The Last Picture Show (1971), Sunset Boulevard (1950), The Third Man (1949). His directorial debut, Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989), was influenced by Mike Nichols' 1971 American comedy-drama Carnal Knowledge. He has said that Peter Yates' 1972 crime-comedy The Hot Rock inspired the tone of the Ocean's films.

In 2018, Soderbergh launched a Bolivian grape spirit brand called "Singani 63". In 2014, he had teamed up with a distillery based in Tarija, Casa Real and became the sole exporter of the spirit from the mountains of Bolivia.

Soderbergh has worked with a variety of actors, composers, and screenwriters throughout his career as a filmmaker. His most prolific collaborators are considered to be George Clooney, Matt Damon, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, Don Cheadle, and Channing Tatum. Other actors who have appeared in numerous Soderbergh films include Luis Guzmán, Jude Law, Ann Dowd, Joe Chrest, Benicio Del Toro, Michael Douglas, and Albert Finney. Clooney started Section Eight Productions with Soderbergh and is one of his most frequent collaborators, having appeared in six of his films, with Soderbergh's most frequent collaborator being Matt Damon, who has appeared in nine of his films. Among those who have won awards for their work with Soderbergh, Roberts won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead in Erin Brockovich; Benicio del Toro also won an Academy Award for his work in Traffic, later starred as the title role in Che. Catherine Zeta-Jones received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Helena in Traffic and reteamed with him for Ocean's Twelve and Side Effects. Actor Joe Chrest worked with Soderbergh prolifically during his early career (1993–2009) starring in a total of seven of his films.

Soderbergh has frequently relied on Jerry Weintraub to produce many of his films. Composer Cliff Martinez has scored ten Soderbergh films starting with Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) and ending with Contagion (2011). Northern Irish composer David Holmes joined him in 1998 to score Out of Sight and rejoined him in scoring his Ocean's trilogy. Soderbergh rejected Holmes' score for his 2006 film The Good German, but brought him back on for subsequent movies, most recently Logan Lucky (2017). Starting in 2000, composer Thomas Newman has worked with four Soderbergh films, most recently in 2020 with Let Them All Talk. Often editing the films himself, he also works with editor Stephen Mirrione and frequently collaborates with screenwriter Scott Z. Burns.

Soderbergh is a vocal proponent of the preservation of artistic merit in the face of Hollywood corporatism. He believes that "cinema is under assault by the studios and, from what I can tell, with the full support of the audience". He claims that he no longer reads reviews of his movies. "After Traffic I just stopped completely," says the director. "After winning the LA and New York film critics awards, I really felt like, this can only get worse".

Soderbergh claims to not be a fan of possessory credits, and prefers not to have his name front and center at the start of a film. "The fact that I'm not an identifiable brand is very freeing," says Soderbergh, "because people get tired of brands and they switch brands. I've never had a desire to be out in front of anything, which is why I don't take a possessory credit."

In 2009, Soderbergh appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives, and "cited the French initiative in asking lawmakers to deputize the American film industry to pursue copyright pirates," indicating he supports anti-piracy laws and Internet regulation.

Soderbergh is married to Jules Asner, whom he often credits for influencing his female characters. He has a daughter with his first wife, actress Betsy Brantley. Soderbergh lives in New York City.

Directed features
Year Film Distributor
1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape Miramax Films
1991 Kafka
1993 King of the Hill Gramercy Pictures
1995 The Underneath
1996 Schizopolis Northern Arts
Gray's Anatomy IFC Films
1998 Out of Sight Universal Pictures
1999 The Limey Artisan Entertainment
2000 Erin Brockovich Universal Pictures / Sony Pictures Releasing
Traffic USA Films
2001 Ocean's Eleven Warner Bros. Pictures
2002 Full Frontal Miramax Films
Solaris 20th Century Fox
2004 Ocean's Twelve Warner Bros. Pictures
2005 Bubble Magnolia Pictures
2006 The Good German Warner Bros. Pictures
2007 Ocean's Thirteen
2008 Che: Part One
Che: Part Two
IFC Films
2009 The Girlfriend Experience Magnolia Pictures
The Informant! Warner Bros. Pictures
2011 Contagion
2012 Haywire Relativity Media
2012 Magic Mike Warner Bros. Pictures / FilmNation Entertainment
2013 Side Effects Open Road Films
2017 Logan Lucky Fingerprint Releasing / Bleecker Street
2018 Unsane
2019 High Flying Bird Netflix
The Laundromat
2020 Let Them All Talk HBO Max
2021 No Sudden Move
TBA KIMI

Soderbergh's entire filmography is routinely analyzed and debated by fans, critics, film academics, and other film directors. His early work—particularly his 1989 film, Sex, Lies, and Videotape—has been noted as foundational to the Independent Cinema movement. After directing his first film, Soderbergh's relative youth and sudden rise to prominence in the film industry had him referred to as a "sensation", a prodigy, and a poster boy of the genre's generation. In 2002, he was elected first Vice President of the Directors Guild of America.

After screening Sex, Lies, and Videotape at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival, Soderbergh was given the festival's top award, the Palme d'Or. At 26, he was the youngest solo director to win the award and second-youngest director after French directors Louis Malle and co-director Jacques Cousteau (Malle won it aged 23). For his script, Soderbergh received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 62nd Academy Awards.

Soderbergh was nominated twice for Best Director for two separate films at the 73rd Academy Awards, the first occurrence of such an event since 1938. Apart from his first nomination (Erin Brockovich), he won the award for Traffic. When the same thing happened at the Directors Guild of America Awards, the Associated Press called the category a "Soderbergh vs. Soderbergh" contest.

Critical, public and commercial reception to a selection of Soderbergh's directorial feature films as of December 26, 2020.

Year Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore Budget Box office
1989 Sex, Lies, and Videotape 96% (7.9/10 average rating)
(48 reviews)
86 (17 reviews) N/A $1.2 million $36.7 million
1998 Out of Sight 93% (8.0/10 average rating)
(90 reviews)
85 (30 reviews) B− $48 million $77.7 million
2000 Erin Brockovich 84% (7.5/10 average rating)
(147 reviews)
73 (36 reviews) A $52 million $256.3 million
Traffic 93% (8.1/10 average rating)
(162 reviews)
86 (34 reviews) B $48 million $201.3 million
2001 Ocean's Eleven 83% (7.0/10 average rating)
(178 reviews)
74 (35 reviews) B+ $85 million $294.4 million
2002 Solaris 66% (6.5/10 average rating)
(208 reviews)
65 (38 reviews) F $47 million $30 million
2004 Ocean's Twelve 55% (5.9/10 average rating)
(185 reviews)
58 (39 reviews) B− $110 million $362.7 million
2007 Ocean's Thirteen 70% (6.4/10 average rating)
(200 reviews)
62 (37 reviews) B+ $85 million $311.3 million
2008 Che: Part One
(The Argentine)

Che: Part Two
(Guerrilla)
68% (6.5/10 average rating)
(142 reviews)

79% (6.7/10 average rating)
(53 reviews)

64 (24 reviews) N/A $59 million $40.8 million
2009 The Informant! 79% (6.8/10 average rating)
(232 reviews)
66 (37 reviews) C− $22 million $41.8 million
2011 Contagion 85% (7.1/10 average rating)
(274 reviews)
70 (38 reviews) B− $60 million $135.5 million
2012 Haywire 80% (6.8/10 average rating)
(195 reviews)
67 (40 reviews) D+ $23 million $33.4 million
2012 Magic Mike 79% (6.9/10 average rating)
(214 reviews)
72 (38 reviews) B $7 million $167.2 million
2013 Side Effects 82% (7.3/10 average rating)
(222 reviews)
75 (40 reviews) B $30 million $63.4 million
2017 Logan Lucky 92% (7.5/10 average rating)
(283 reviews)
78 (51 reviews) B $29 million $47.5 million
2018 Unsane 80% (6.7/10 average rating)
(234 reviews)
63 (45 reviews) B− $1.5 million $14.3 million
2019 High Flying Bird 91% (7.3/10 average rating)
(131 reviews)
78 (23 reviews) N/A $2 million N/A
The Laundromat 41% (5.5/10 average rating)
(167 reviews)
57 (37 reviews) N/A N/A N/A
2020 Let Them All Talk 88% (7.2/10 average rating)
(114 reviews)
72 (31 reviews) N/A N/A N/A
2021 No Sudden Move 87% (7.5/10 average rating)
(46 reviews)
77 (25 reviews) N/A N/A N/A

As of 2018, Soderbergh's entire feature filmography has grossed over US$2.2 billion worldwide in sales. His entire Ocean's trilogy was named among the "75 Best Heist Movies of All Time" by Rotten Tomatoes. His film Out of Sight was listed as one of the best movies of the 1990s by Rolling Stone.

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Steven Soderbergh Language Watch Edit Steven Andrew Soderbergh ˈ s oʊ d er b ɜːr ɡ born January 14 1963 1 is an American film director producer screenwriter cinematographer and editor An early pioneer of modern independent cinema Soderbergh is an acclaimed and prolific filmmaker Steven SoderberghSoderbergh at the Venice International Film Festival 2013BornSteven Andrew Soderbergh 1963 01 14 January 14 1963 age 58 Atlanta Georgia U S OccupationDirectorproducerscreenwritercinematographereditorYears active1981 presentWorksFilmographyMovementIndependent cinemaSpouse s Betsy Brantley m 1989 div 1994 wbr Jules Asner m 2003 wbr Children1 Soderbergh s directorial breakthrough indie drama Sex Lies and Videotape 1989 lifted him into the public spotlight as a notable presence in the film industry At 26 Soderbergh became the youngest solo director to win the Palme d Or at the Cannes Film Festival and the film garnered worldwide commercial success as well as numerous accolades His breakthrough led to success in Hollywood where he directed the crime comedy Out of Sight 1998 the biopic Erin Brockovich 2000 and the crime drama film Traffic 2000 For Traffic he won the Academy Award for Best Director He found further popular and critical success with the Ocean s trilogy and film franchise 2001 18 Contagion 2011 Magic Mike 2012 Side Effects 2013 Logan Lucky 2017 and Unsane 2018 His film career spans a multitude of genres but his specialties are psychological crime and heist thrillers His films have grossed over US 2 2 billion worldwide and garnered nine Oscar nominations winning seven Soderbergh s films often revolve around familiar concepts which are regularly used for big budget Hollywood movies but he routinely employs an avant garde arthouse approach They center on themes of shifting personal identities vengeance sexuality morality and the human condition His feature films are often distinctive in the realm of cinematography as a result of his having been influenced by avant garde cinema coupled with his use of unconventional film and camera formats Many of Soderbergh s films are anchored by multi dimensional storylines with plot twists nonlinear storytelling experimental sequencing suspenseful soundscapes and third person vantage points Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 2 1 1989 directorial debut 2 2 1990 1997 critical and commercial downturn 2 3 1998 2008 reemergence and Ocean s trilogy 2 4 2009 2016 mainstream success and brief hiatus 2 5 2016 present return to filmmaking 3 Filmmaking 3 1 Style 3 2 Method 3 3 Themes 3 4 Influences 4 Entrepreneurship 5 Recurring collaborators 6 Views on film industry 7 Personal life 8 Filmography 9 Awards honors and recognition 10 Reception 11 References 12 Further reading 13 External linksEarly life EditSoderbergh was born on January 14 1963 in Atlanta Georgia to Mary Ann nee Bernard and Peter Andrew Soderbergh who was a university administrator and educator He has Swedish Irish and Italian roots 2 Soderbergh s paternal grandfather immigrated to the U S from Stockholm 3 As a child he moved with his family to Charlottesville Virginia where he lived during his adolescence and then to Baton Rouge Louisiana where his father became Dean of Education at Louisiana State University LSU 2 Soderbergh discovered filmmaking as a teenager and directed short films with a Super 8 and 16 mm cameras 4 He attended the Louisiana State University Laboratory School for high school before graduating and moving to Hollywood to pursue professional filmmaking In his first job he worked as a game show composer and cue card holder soon after which he found work as a freelance film editor During this time he directed the concert video 9012Live for the rock band Yes in 1985 for which he received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Music Video Long Form 5 Career Edit1989 directorial debut Edit After Soderbergh returned to Baton Rouge he wrote the screenplay for Sex Lies and Videotape on a legal pad during an eight day cross country drive 6 The movie tells the story of a troubled man who videotapes women discussing their lives and sexuality and his impact on the relationship of a married couple 7 Soderbergh submitted the film to the 1989 Cannes Film Festival where it won a variety of awards including the Palme d Or 8 Its critical performance led it to become a worldwide commercial success grossing 36 7 million on a 1 2 million budget 9 The film was considered to be the most influential catalyst of the 1990s Independent Cinema movement 10 11 At age 26 Soderbergh became the youngest solo director and the second youngest director to win the festival s top award 12 Movie critic Roger Ebert called Soderbergh the poster boy of the Sundance generation 13 His relative youth and sudden rise to prominence in the film industry had him referred to as a sensation and a prodigy 14 15 In 2006 the film was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the United States National Film Registry being deemed culturally historically or aesthetically significant and the American Film Institute nominated it as one of the greatest movies ever made 16 17 1990 1997 critical and commercial downturn Edit When I say this is the most important motion picture you ll ever attend my motivation is not financial gain but a firm belief that the delicate fabric that holds all of us together will be ripped apart unless every man woman and child in this country sees this film and pays full ticket price not some bargain matinee cut rate deal Soderbergh s introduction to Schizopolis 1996 18 Soderbergh s directorial debut was followed by a series of low budget box office disappointments 19 20 In 1991 he directed Kafka a biopic of Franz Kafka written by Lem Dobbs and starring Jeremy Irons The film returned one tenth of its budget and received mixed reviews from critics 21 Roger Ebert s review stated Soderbergh does demonstrate again here that he s a gifted director however unwise in his choice of project 22 Two years later he directed the drama King of the Hill 1993 which again underperformed commercially but fared well with critics 23 Based on the memoir of writer A E Hotchner the film is set during the Great Depression and follows a young boy played by Jesse Bradford struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St Louis after his mother falls ill and his father is away on business trips 24 Also in 1995 he directed a remake of Robert Siodmak s 1949 film noir Criss Cross titled The Underneath which grossed 536 020 on a 6 5 million budget and was widely panned by critics 25 Soderbergh has since called the film dead on arrival and described the making of it as his bottoming out 26 Soderbergh directed Schizopolis in 1996 a comedy which he starred in wrote composed and shot as well as directed The 96 minute film was submitted to the Cannes Film Festival to such a chilly response that he reworked the entire introduction and conclusion before releasing it commercially 27 In the movie s introduction he said In the event that you find certain sequences or events confusing please bear in mind this is your fault not ours You will need to see the picture again and again until you understand everything 28 He starred in Schizopolis as Fletcher Munson a spokesman for a Scientology esque lifestyle cult and again as Dr Jeffrey Korchek a dentist having an affair with Munson s wife 28 The film switched languages multiple times mid scene without subtitles leaving large parts of it incomprehensible 28 It was viewed by a critic as a directorial palate cleanse for Soderbergh 29 During the months following his debut of Schizopolis he released a small edited version of the Spalding Gray monologue film Gray s Anatomy Soderbergh would later refer to Schizopolis as his artistic wake up call 28 Soderbergh co wrote the script for the 1997 horror thriller Nightwatch with Danish filmmaker Ole Bornedal an English language remake of his own film of the same name produced in his native country 30 1998 2008 reemergence and Ocean s trilogy Edit Soderbergh s reemergence began in 1998 with Out of Sight a stylized adaptation of an Elmore Leonard novel written by Scott Frank and starring George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez 31 The film was widely praised though only a moderate box office success 32 The critical reception of the movie began a multi movie artistic partnership between Clooney and Soderbergh Soderbergh followed up on the success of Out of Sight by making another crime caper The Limey 1999 from a screenplay by Lem Dobbs and starring actors Terence Stamp and Peter Fonda The film was well received and established him within the cinematic niche of thriller and heist films 33 He ventured into his first biographical film in 2000 when he directed Erin Brockovich written by Susannah Grant and starring Julia Roberts in her Oscar winning role as a single mother taking on industry in a civil action 34 In late 2000 Soderbergh released Traffic a social drama written by Stephen Gaghan and featuring an ensemble cast 35 Time magazine compared him to a baseball player hitting home runs with Erin Brockovich and Traffic 35 Both films would be nominated at the 2001 Academy Awards making him the first director to have been nominated in the same year for Best Director for two different films since Michael Curtiz in 1938 He was awarded the Academy Award for Best Director for Traffic and received best director nominations at the year s Golden Globe and the Directors Guild of America Awards 36 37 Soderbergh supported director Christopher Nolan pictured in his transition from independent to studio filmmaking In early 2001 he was approached to direct a reboot of the 1960s Rat Pack movie Ocean s 11 by Ted Griffin After Griffin wrote the screenplay Soderbergh signed on to direct The film opened to critical acclaim and widespread commercial success 38 It quickly became Soderbergh s highest grossing movie to date grossing more than 183 million domestically and more than 450 million worldwide 39 40 Rolling Stone credited the movie with spawning a new era of heist movies 38 In the same year Soderbergh made Full Frontal which was shot mostly on digital video in an improvisational style that deliberately blurred the line between which actors were playing characters and which were playing fictionalized versions of themselves 41 A year later he was asked by executives at Warner Bros Studios to direct the psychological thriller Insomnia 2002 starring Academy Award winners Al Pacino Robin Williams and Hilary Swank Despite their insistence Soderbergh wanted to use the film as a transitory project for up and coming director Christopher Nolan 42 Before returning to the Ocean s series Soderbergh directed K Street 2003 a ten part political HBO series he co produced with George Clooney 43 The series was both partially improvised and each episode being produced in the five days prior to airing to take advantage of topical events that could be worked into the fictional narrative 44 Actual political players appeared as themselves either in cameos or portraying fictionalized versions of themselves notably James Carville and Mary Matalin 44 The reason my career took such a left turn at a certain point was because I realized I was in danger of becoming a formalist But that wasn t the best representation of me even as a person It s easy to fall into that because it s a very isolated position to occupy and it s easy to keep other elements people and ideas at a distance Soderbergh in 2008 on his transition from Sex Lies and Videotape to more stylized heist and psychological thrillers 45 Soderbergh directed Ocean s Twelve a sequel to Ocean s Eleven in 2004 The second installment received muted critical reviews and was another commercially successful film grossing 362 7 million on a 110 million budget 46 Matt Singer of IndieWire called it a Great Sequel About How Hard It Is to Make a Great Sequel 47 48 Also in 2004 Soderbergh produced and co wrote the adapted screenplay for the film Criminal a remake of the Argentine film Nine Queens with his longtime assistant director Gregory Jacobs who made his directorial debut with the film 49 A year later Soderbergh directed Bubble 2005 a 1 6 million film featuring a cast of nonprofessional actors It opened in selected theaters and HDNet simultaneously and four days later on DVD Industry heads were reportedly watching how the film performed as its unusual release schedule could have implications for future feature films 50 51 Theater owners who at the time had been suffering from dropping attendance rates did not welcome so called day and date movies 52 National Association of Theatre Owners chief executive John Fithian indirectly called the film s release model the biggest threat to the viability of the cinema industry today 53 Soderbergh s response to such criticism I don t think it s going to destroy the movie going experience any more than the ability to get takeout has destroyed the restaurant business 54 A romantic drama set in post war Berlin The Good German starring Cate Blanchett and Clooney was released in late 2006 The film performed poorly commercially grossing 5 9 million worldwide against a budget of 32 million 55 Soderbergh next directed Ocean s Thirteen which was released in June 2007 to further commercial success and increased critical acclaim 56 Grossing 311 3 million on an 85 million budget it is the second highest grossing film of his career after the first Ocean s 57 The film concluded what would later be known as the Ocean s trilogy a collection of heist movies that would go on to be described as defining a new era of heist films 58 Soderbergh directed Che which was released in theatres in two parts titled The Argentine and Guerrilla and was presented in the main competition of the 2008 Cannes Film Festival on May 22 Benicio del Toro played Argentine guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara in an epic four hour double bill which looks first at his role in the Cuban Revolution before moving to his campaign and eventual death in Bolivia 59 Soderbergh shot his feature film The Girlfriend Experience in New York in 2008 Soderbergh cast adult film star Sasha Grey as the film s lead actress to great reception and controversy 60 61 2009 2016 mainstream success and brief hiatus Edit Soderbergh s first film of 2009 was The Informant a black comedy starring Matt Damon as corporate whistleblower Mark Whitacre Whitacre wore a wire for two and a half years for the FBI as a high level executive at a Fortune 500 company Archer Daniels Midland ADM in one of the largest price fixing cases in history The film was released on September 18 2009 The script for the movie was written by Scott Z Burns based on Kurt Eichenwald s book The Informant The film grossed 41 million on a 22 million budget and received generally favorable reviews from critics 62 63 Also in 2009 Soderbergh shot a small improvised film with the cast of the play The Last Time I Saw Michael Gregg a comedy about a theatre company staging Chekhov s Three Sisters He has stated that he does not want it seen by the public and only intended it for the cast Soderbergh nearly filmed a feature adaptation of the baseball book Moneyball starring Brad Pitt and Demetri Martin The book by Michael Lewis tells of how Billy Beane general manager of Oakland Athletics used statistical analysis to make up for what he lacked in funds to beat the odds and lead his team to a series of notable wins in 2002 Disagreements between Sony and Soderbergh about revisions to Steven Zaillian s version of the screenplay led to Soderbergh s dismissal from the project only days prior to filming in June 2009 In 2010 Soderbergh shot the action thriller Haywire starring Gina Carano Ewan McGregor Michael Fassbender and Channing Tatum which even though was shot in early 2010 was not released until January 2012 64 Soderbergh with his wife Jules Asner at the 2009 Venice International Film Festival Soderbergh second from left with cast and crew of Behind the Candelabra at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival In the fall of 2010 Soderbergh shot the epic virus thriller Contagion written by Scott Z Burns 65 With a cast including Matt Damon Kate Winslet Gwyneth Paltrow Laurence Fishburne Marion Cotillard and Jude Law the film follows the outbreak of a lethal pandemic across the globe and the efforts of doctors and scientists to discover the cause and develop a cure Soderbergh premiered it at the 68th Venice Film Festival in Venice Italy on September 3 2011 and released it to the general public six days later to commercial success and widespread critical acclaim 66 Grossing 135 5 million on a 60 million budget Manohla Dargis of The New York Times called his film a smart spooky thriller about a thicket of contemporary plagues a killer virus rampaging fear an unscrupulous blogger is as ruthlessly effective as the malady at its cool cool center 67 In August 2011 Soderbergh served as a second unit director on The Hunger Games and filmed much of the District 11 riot scene 68 69 In September and October 2011 he shot Magic Mike a film starring Channing Tatum about the actor s experiences working as a male stripper in his youth Tatum played the title mentor character while Alex Pettyfer played a character based on Tatum The film was released on June 29 2012 to a strong commercial performance and favorable critical acclaim 70 Throughout 2012 Soderbergh had announced his intention to retire from feature filmmaking He stated that when you reach the point where you re saying If I have to get into a van to do another scout I m just going to shoot myself it s time to let somebody who s still excited about getting in the van get in the van 71 Soderbergh later said that he would retire from filmmaking and begin to explore painting 72 A few weeks later Soderbergh played down his earlier comments saying a filmmaking sabbatical was more accurate 73 For his then final feature film he directed the psychological thriller Side Effects which starred Jude Law Rooney Mara Channing Tatum and Catherine Zeta Jones It was shot in April 2012 and was released on February 8 2013 74 Screened at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival A O Scott of The New York Times stated that Soderbergh handled it brilliantly serving notice once again that he is a crackerjack genre technician 75 In the end while promoting Side Effects in early 2013 he clarified that he had a five year plan that saw him transitioning away from making feature films around his fiftieth birthday 76 Around that time he gave a much publicized speech at the San Francisco International Film Festival detailing the obstacles facing filmmakers in the current corporate Hollywood environment 77 Soderbergh had planned to commence production in early 2012 on a feature version of The Man from U N C L E also written by Scott Z Burns George Clooney was set for the lead role of Napoleon Solo but had to drop out due to a recurring back injury suffered while filming Syriana 78 In November 2011 Soderbergh withdrew from the project due to budget and casting conflicts 79 and was eventually replaced by Guy Ritchie His final televised project before heading into retirement was Behind the Candelabra Shot in the summer of 2012 it starred Michael Douglas as legendarily flamboyant pianist Liberace and Matt Damon as his lover Scott Thorson The film is written by Richard LaGravenese based on Thorson s book Behind the Candelabra My Life with Liberace and produced by HBO Films 80 It was selected to compete for the Palme d Or at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival 81 In May 2013 only months into his retirement Soderbergh announced that he would direct a 10 part miniseries for Cinemax called The Knick The series followed doctors at a fictionalized version of the Knickerbocker Hospital in Manhattan in the early twentieth century The series starred Clive Owen Andre Holland Jeremy Bobb Juliet Rylance Eve Hewson and Michael Angarano and was filmed in the fall of 2013 82 It began airing in August 2014 to critical acclaim 83 After completing the second season Soderbergh revealed he was finished directing for the show and said I told them Cinemax that I m going to do the first two years and then we are going to break out the story for seasons 3 and 4 and try and find a filmmaker or filmmakers to do this the way that I did This is how we want to do this so that every two years whoever comes on has the freedom to create their universe 84 Soderbergh at the Deauville American Film Festival in 2014 After his work with The Knick Soderbergh began working on a variety of personal projects starting with directing an Off Broadway play titled The Library starring Chloe Grace Moretz in January 2014 85 On April 21 2014 Soderbergh released an alternate cut of Michael Cimino s controversial 1980 Western Heaven s Gate on his website Credited to his pseudonym Mary Ann Bernard and dubbed The Butcher s Cut Soderbergh s version runs 108 minutes 86 87 On September 22 2014 he uploaded a black and white silent version of Raiders of the Lost Ark with Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross s score of The Social Network The purpose of it is to study the aspects of staging in filmmaking 88 It was announced in June 2014 that Soderbergh would be executive producing a series based on his earlier film The Girlfriend Experience for the Starz network to premiere sometime in 2016 89 In September 2015 Soderbergh was announced to be directing Mosaic a series for HBO Starring Sharon Stone it was a dual media project it was released as both an interactive movie app in November 2017 and as a six part miniseries airing in January 2018 90 91 2016 present return to filmmaking Edit In February 2016 Soderbergh officially came out of his retirement to direct a NASCAR heist film Logan Lucky starring Channing Tatum Adam Driver and Daniel Craig among others The film was produced entirely by Soderbergh with no studio involved in anything other than theatrical distribution 92 The film was released on August 18 2017 by Bleecker Street and Fingerprint Releasing his own distribution and production company 93 94 Logan Lucky was met with widespread critical acclaim Matt Zoller Seitz writing for Roger Ebert stated The odds seem stacked in Logan Lucky s favor the instant you spot Directed by Steven Soderbergh in the opening credits 95 In July 2017 it was revealed that Soderbergh had also secretly shot a horror film using iPhones titled Unsane and starring Claire Foy and Juno Temple 96 97 The film was released on March 23 2018 and received well by critics 98 His usage of an iPhone in 4K to film the movie was considered inspirational to aspiring filmmakers for breaking down the perceived costs associated with producing a feature film in the United States 99 The movie was well received by critics with Scott Meslow of GQ noting its relevance to the modern plight of women in patriarchal societies it was called a nerve jangling modern day Kafka story 100 In 2018 Soderbergh directed High Flying Bird starring Andre Holland who played the role of a sports agent representing his rookie client with an intriguing and controversial business opportunity during an NBA lockout 101 The film began production in February 2018 102 and was released on February 8 2019 by Netflix 103 104 105 Soderbergh s film The Laundromat is a political thriller about the international leak of the Panama Papers written by Scott Z Burns and based on the book Secrecy World by Pulitzer Prize winner Jake Bernstein 106 It stars Meryl Streep Gary Oldman Antonio Banderas Jeffrey Wright Matthias Schoenaerts James Cromwell and Sharon Stone and premiered at the Venice Film Festival on September 1 2019 107 before airing on Netflix Soderbergh s 2020 film Let Them All Talk was written by Deborah Eisenberg and starred Meryl Streep Candice Bergen Gemma Chan Lucas Hedges and Dianne Wiest It was shot in 2019 primarily aboard the ocean liner Queen Mary 2 and also in New York and the UK and premiered on December 10 2020 on HBO Max 108 His latest film No Sudden Move formerly Kill Switch is a 1950s period crime film shot in Detroit from September 109 to November 2020 110 From Mosaic writer Ed Solomon it stars Don Cheadle Benicio del Toro David Harbour Amy Seimetz 111 Jon Hamm Ray Liotta Kieran Culkin Brendan Fraser Noah Jupe Bill Duke Frankie Shaw and Julia Fox It had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 18 2021 112 It was released on HBO Max on July 1 2021 113 His next film KIMI was shot in Seattle and Los Angeles in April and May 2021 114 It stars Zoe Kravitz as an agoraphobic tech worker who discovers evidence of a violent crime and reunites Soderbergh with Traffic actors Erika Christensen and Jacob Vargas 115 116 Soderbergh is also developing a six part miniseries written by Lem Dobbs about the life of Emin Pasha 106 Filmmaking EditStyle Edit Soderbergh s visual style often emphasizes wealthy urban settings natural lighting and fast paced working environments 8 117 118 Film critic Drew Morton has categorized his stylistic approach to films akin to the French New Wave movement in filmmaking 119 120 Soderbergh s experimental style and tendency to reject mainstream film standards stems from his belief that filmmakers are always in essence at the beginning of infinity there is always another iteration always will be 121 On a technical level Soderbergh prefers sustained close ups tracking shots jump cuts experimental sequencing and frequently skips establishing shots in favor of audio and alternative visuals 8 Many of his films are noted for a milieu of suspense through the usage of third person vantage points and a variety of over the shoulder shots In his film Contagion 2011 he used a multi narrative hyperlink cinema style first established within the Ocean s trilogy 122 He is known for tracking aesthetic transitions with a variety of colored washes most notably yellow to symbolize open socially acceptable situations while blue washes typically symbolize illegal or socially illicit endeavors 123 In line with these washes Soderbergh is liberal in his usage of montages as he believes that they are equally important story telling as dialogue is 124 Soderbergh is known for having a combative relationship with Hollywood and the standards of studio filmmaking 117 Film critic Roger Ebert has commented in this stylistic antagonism Every once in a while perhaps as an exercise in humility Steven Soderbergh makes a truly inexplicable film A film so amateurish that only the professionalism of some of the actors makes it watchable It s the kind of film where you need the director telling you what he meant to do and what went wrong and how the actors screwed up and how there was no money for retakes etc 125 In Ocean s Twelve 2004 he had actress Julia Roberts play the part of Tess a character then forced to play a fictionalized version of Roberts 126 During the production stages of The Girlfriend Experience 2009 he cast adult film star Sasha Grey in the lead role 126 In Haywire 2011 Soderbergh cast and eventually launched the film career of professional mixed martial arts MMA fighter Gina Carano 127 Soderbergh s Logan Lucky 2017 made reference to his trilogy by alluding to an Ocean s 7 11 noting the trilogy s influence on the Southern heist film 126 Soderbergh s films are centered on suspenseful and ambient soundscapes 128 A primary way he achieves suspenseful soundscapes is by introducing audio before visuals in cut scenes alerting the viewer of a sudden change in tone 128 His frequent collaborations with composers Cliff Martinez David Holmes and most recently Thomas Newman provide his films with the thematic and sonic landscapes into which he inserts his characters 44 Method Edit The simplest way that I can describe it is that a movie is something you see and cinema is something that s made Cinema is a specificity of vision It s an approach in which everything matters It s the polar opposite of generic or arbitrary and the result is as unique as a signature or a fingerprint It isn t made by a committee and it isn t made by a company and it isn t made by the audience Soderbergh in 2013 on the influence his methodological choices have on his films 129 Soderbergh s early films on account of his youth and lack of resources were primarily filmed on Super 8 and 16 mm film formats 130 A variety of his feature films have been shot using a diverse range of camera equipment He filmed all of The Girlfriend Experience 2009 on a Red One camera which has retailed for 17 500 131 a relatively inexpensive camera for a movie produced for 1 3 million 132 Soderbergh filmed the entirety of Unsane 2018 on an iPhone 7 Plus with its 4K digital camera using the app FiLMiC Pro 133 He filmed with three rotating iPhones using a DJI stabiliser to hold the phone in place 134 In January 2018 he expressed an interest in filming other productions solely with iPhones going forward 135 He then filmed the entirety of 2019 s High Flying Bird on an iPhone 8 136 In addition to his directing he is frequently a screenwriter for his films Scott Tobias of The A V Club has noted his method of experimental filmmaking as rigorously conceived like a mathematician working out a byzantine equation Starting in 2000 with his film Traffic Soderbergh has used various pseudonyms when directing films in order to hide the fact that he edits writes and arranges in opening and closing credits 137 When working with actors Soderbergh prefers to pursue a non intrusive directorial style I try and make sure they re OK and when they re in the zone I leave them alone I don t get in their way 138 This method has attracted repeat performances by many high profile movie stars which has established a reoccurring collaboration between them and Soderbergh 138 Themes Edit Soderbergh s films often center the themes of shifting personal identities sexuality and the human condition 139 Richard Brody of The New Yorker stated that Soderbergh is focused on the process of presenting ideas through film rather than their actual realization 139 In line with this actual realization he presents themes to critically evaluate political and corporate institutions such as money and capitalism 140 Film critic A O Scott has noted that Soderbergh has a critical interest in exploring the impact capitalist economies have on living an ethical life and the detractions associated with materialism 141 Money is central to many of his movies as Soderbergh believes that it serves as an obsession unrivaled by any other 141 Starting with Out of Sight 1998 Soderbergh s heist films explore themes of vengeance characters on a mission and the morality of crime 142 He is generally said to have a cinematic niche in these types of films I ve always had an attraction to caper movies and certainly there are analogies to making a film You have to put the right crew together and if you lose you go to movie jail the director noted in 2017 143 Influences Edit When asked about the top eleven films he regarded among the best Soderbergh listed the following in order The 5 000 Fingers of Dr T 1953 All The President s Men 1976 Annie Hall 1977 Citizen Kane 1941 The Conversation 1974 The Godfather 1972 The Godfather Part II 1974 Jaws 1975 The Last Picture Show 1971 Sunset Boulevard 1950 The Third Man 1949 144 His directorial debut Sex Lies and Videotape 1989 was influenced by Mike Nichols 1971 American comedy drama Carnal Knowledge 145 He has said that Peter Yates 1972 crime comedy The Hot Rock inspired the tone of the Ocean s films 146 Entrepreneurship EditIn 2018 Soderbergh launched a Bolivian grape spirit brand called Singani 63 147 In 2014 he had teamed up with a distillery based in Tarija Casa Real and became the sole exporter of the spirit from the mountains of Bolivia 148 149 Recurring collaborators EditSoderbergh has worked with a variety of actors composers and screenwriters throughout his career as a filmmaker His most prolific collaborators are considered to be George Clooney Matt Damon Brad Pitt Julia Roberts Don Cheadle and Channing Tatum Other actors who have appeared in numerous Soderbergh films include Luis Guzman Jude Law Ann Dowd Joe Chrest Benicio Del Toro Michael Douglas and Albert Finney 150 Clooney started Section Eight Productions with Soderbergh and is one of his most frequent collaborators having appeared in six of his films with Soderbergh s most frequent collaborator being Matt Damon who has appeared in nine of his films 150 Among those who have won awards for their work with Soderbergh Roberts won an Academy Award for Best Actress for her lead in Erin Brockovich Benicio del Toro also won an Academy Award for his work in Traffic later starred as the title role in Che Catherine Zeta Jones received a Golden Globe nomination for her portrayal of Helena in Traffic and reteamed with him for Ocean s Twelve and Side Effects 150 Actor Joe Chrest worked with Soderbergh prolifically during his early career 1993 2009 starring in a total of seven of his films 151 Soderbergh has frequently relied on Jerry Weintraub to produce many of his films 152 Composer Cliff Martinez has scored ten Soderbergh films starting with Sex Lies and Videotape 1989 and ending with Contagion 2011 153 Northern Irish composer David Holmes joined him in 1998 to score Out of Sight and rejoined him in scoring his Ocean s trilogy 153 Soderbergh rejected Holmes score for his 2006 film The Good German but brought him back on for subsequent movies most recently Logan Lucky 2017 153 154 Starting in 2000 composer Thomas Newman has worked with four Soderbergh films most recently in 2020 with Let Them All Talk 155 Often editing the films himself he also works with editor Stephen Mirrione and frequently collaborates with screenwriter Scott Z Burns 156 Views on film industry EditSoderbergh is a vocal proponent of the preservation of artistic merit in the face of Hollywood corporatism He believes that cinema is under assault by the studios and from what I can tell with the full support of the audience 139 He claims that he no longer reads reviews of his movies After Traffic I just stopped completely says the director 157 After winning the LA and New York film critics awards I really felt like this can only get worse 157 Soderbergh claims to not be a fan of possessory credits and prefers not to have his name front and center at the start of a film The fact that I m not an identifiable brand is very freeing says Soderbergh because people get tired of brands and they switch brands I ve never had a desire to be out in front of anything which is why I don t take a possessory credit 157 In 2009 Soderbergh appeared before the Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives and cited the French initiative in asking lawmakers to deputize the American film industry to pursue copyright pirates indicating he supports anti piracy laws and Internet regulation 158 Personal life EditSoderbergh is married to Jules Asner whom he often credits for influencing his female characters 159 He has a daughter with his first wife actress Betsy Brantley 20 Soderbergh lives in New York City 160 Filmography EditMain article Steven Soderbergh filmography Directed features Year Film Distributor1989 Sex Lies and Videotape Miramax Films1991 Kafka1993 King of the Hill Gramercy Pictures1995 The Underneath1996 Schizopolis Northern ArtsGray s Anatomy IFC Films1998 Out of Sight Universal Pictures1999 The Limey Artisan Entertainment2000 Erin Brockovich Universal Pictures Sony Pictures ReleasingTraffic USA Films2001 Ocean s Eleven Warner Bros Pictures2002 Full Frontal Miramax FilmsSolaris 20th Century Fox2004 Ocean s Twelve Warner Bros Pictures2005 Bubble Magnolia Pictures2006 The Good German Warner Bros Pictures2007 Ocean s Thirteen2008 Che Part One Che Part Two IFC Films2009 The Girlfriend Experience Magnolia PicturesThe Informant Warner Bros Pictures2011 Contagion2012 Haywire Relativity Media2012 Magic Mike Warner Bros Pictures FilmNation Entertainment2013 Side Effects Open Road Films2017 Logan Lucky Fingerprint Releasing Bleecker Street2018 Unsane2019 High Flying Bird NetflixThe Laundromat2020 Let Them All Talk HBO Max2021 No Sudden MoveTBA KIMIAwards honors and recognition EditSoderbergh s entire filmography is routinely analyzed and debated by fans critics film academics and other film directors 129 161 His early work particularly his 1989 film Sex Lies and Videotape has been noted as foundational to the Independent Cinema movement 26 162 163 After directing his first film Soderbergh s relative youth and sudden rise to prominence in the film industry had him referred to as a sensation a prodigy and a poster boy of the genre s generation 13 14 In 2002 he was elected first Vice President of the Directors Guild of America 164 After screening Sex Lies and Videotape at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival Soderbergh was given the festival s top award the Palme d Or 8 At 26 he was the youngest solo director to win the award and second youngest director after French directors Louis Malle and co director Jacques Cousteau Malle won it aged 23 12 For his script Soderbergh received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay at the 62nd Academy Awards 165 Soderbergh was nominated twice for Best Director for two separate films at the 73rd Academy Awards the first occurrence of such an event since 1938 Apart from his first nomination Erin Brockovich he won the award for Traffic 37 When the same thing happened at the Directors Guild of America Awards the Associated Press called the category a Soderbergh vs Soderbergh contest 36 Reception EditCritical public and commercial reception to a selection of Soderbergh s directorial feature films as of December 26 2020 Year Film Rotten Tomatoes 23 Metacritic 166 CinemaScore 167 Budget Box office 168 1989 Sex Lies and Videotape 96 7 9 10 average rating 48 reviews 86 17 reviews N A 1 2 million 36 7 million1998 Out of Sight 93 8 0 10 average rating 90 reviews 85 30 reviews B 48 million 77 7 million2000 Erin Brockovich 84 7 5 10 average rating 147 reviews 73 36 reviews A 52 million 256 3 millionTraffic 93 8 1 10 average rating 162 reviews 86 34 reviews B 48 million 201 3 million2001 Ocean s Eleven 83 7 0 10 average rating 178 reviews 74 35 reviews B 85 million 294 4 million2002 Solaris 66 6 5 10 average rating 208 reviews 65 38 reviews F 47 million 30 million2004 Ocean s Twelve 55 5 9 10 average rating 185 reviews 58 39 reviews B 110 million 362 7 million2007 Ocean s Thirteen 70 6 4 10 average rating 200 reviews 62 37 reviews B 85 million 311 3 million2008 Che Part One The Argentine Che Part Two Guerrilla 68 6 5 10 average rating 142 reviews 79 6 7 10 average rating 53 reviews 64 24 reviews N A 59 million 40 8 million2009 The Informant 79 6 8 10 average rating 232 reviews 66 37 reviews C 22 million 41 8 million2011 Contagion 85 7 1 10 average rating 274 reviews 70 38 reviews B 60 million 135 5 million2012 Haywire 80 6 8 10 average rating 195 reviews 67 40 reviews D 23 million 33 4 million2012 Magic Mike 79 6 9 10 average rating 214 reviews 72 38 reviews B 7 million 167 2 million2013 Side Effects 82 7 3 10 average rating 222 reviews 75 40 reviews B 30 million 63 4 million2017 Logan Lucky 92 7 5 10 average rating 283 reviews 78 51 reviews B 29 million 47 5 million2018 Unsane 80 6 7 10 average rating 234 reviews 63 45 reviews B 1 5 million 14 3 million2019 High Flying Bird 91 7 3 10 average rating 131 reviews 78 23 reviews N A 2 million N AThe Laundromat 41 5 5 10 average rating 167 reviews 57 37 reviews N A N A N A2020 Let Them All Talk 88 7 2 10 average rating 114 reviews 72 31 reviews N A N A N A2021 No Sudden Move 87 7 5 10 average rating 46 reviews 77 25 reviews N A N A N A As of 2018 Soderbergh s entire feature filmography has grossed over US 2 2 billion worldwide in sales 169 His entire Ocean s trilogy was named among the 75 Best Heist Movies of All Time by Rotten 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