Indie Sex, Corporate Lies, and Digital Videotape
The industry's only director-cinematographer-screenwriter-producer-actor-editor, Steven Soderbergh is contemporary Hollywood's most innovative and prolific filmmaker. A Palme d'or and Academy Award-winner, Soderbergh has directed nearly thirty films, including political provocations, digital experiments, esoteric documentaries, global blockbusters, and a series of atypical genre films. This volume considers its slippery subject from several perspectives, analyzing Soderbergh as an expressive auteur of art cinema and genre fare, as a politically-motivated guerrilla filmmaker, and as a Hollywood insider. Combining a detective's approach to investigating the truth with a criminal's alternative value system, Soderbergh's films tackle social justice in a corporate world, embodying dozens of cinematic trends and forms advanced in the past twenty-five years. His career demonstrates the richness of contemporary American cinema, and this study gives his complex oeuvre the in-depth analysis it deserves.
[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.
AcknowledgementsPreface by Thomas SchatzIntroductionPart One: Author, Brand, Guerrilla1. The Dialectical Signature: Soderbergh as Classical Auteur2. Impresario of Indiewood: Soderbergh as Sellebrity Auteur3. Corporate Revolutionary: Soderbergh as Guerrilla AuteurPart Two: History, Memory, Text4. Searching Low and High: The Limey and the Schizophrenic Detective5. Returning to the Scene of the Crime: Solaris and the Psychoanalytic Detective6. The (Bl)end of History: The Good German and the Intertextual DetectivePart Three: Crime, Capital, Globalisation7. Genre and Capital: New Crime Wave in the 1990s8. The Ethical Heist: Competing Modes of Capital in the Ocean's Trilogy9. Trafficking Social Change: The Global Social Problem Film in the 2000sConclusionFilmographyBibliographyIndex