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.
Preface by Thomas Schatz
Part One: Author, Brand, Guerrilla
1. The Dialectical Signature: Soderbergh as Classical Auteur
2. Impresario of Indiewood: Soderbergh as Sellebrity Auteur
3. Corporate Revolutionary: Soderbergh as Guerrilla Auteur
Part Two: History, Memory, Text
4. Searching Low and High: The Limey and the Schizophrenic Detective
5. Returning to the Scene of the Crime: Solaris and the Psychoanalytic Detective
6. The (Bl)end of History: The Good German and the Intertextual Detective
Part Three: Crime, Capital, Globalisation
7. Genre and Capital: New Crime Wave in the 1990s
8. The Ethical Heist: Competing Modes of Capital in the Ocean's Trilogy
9. Trafficking Social Change: The Global Social Problem Film in the 2000s