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Steven Soderbergh



At the age of 26, Steven Soderbergh permanently altered the face of independent cinema when he became the youngest-ever winner of the Palme d'Or at the 1989 Cannes Film Festival for sex, lies and videotape, his feature-film directorial debut. A simmering exploration of the nature of modern relationships and the links between sexuality and voyeurism, the film was an international sensation that established its director as one of the golden boys of world cinema.



Born in Georgia on January 14, 1963, Soderbergh grew up in Baton Rouge, LA. While still in high school, Soderbergh enrolled in the university's film animation class and began making short 16 mm films with second-hand equipment. After he graduation, he went to Hollywood, where he worked as a freelance editor. Soderbergh's time in Hollywood was brief, and he soon returned home, where he continued making short films and writing scripts. One of his films, a documentary about the rock group Yes, earned him an assignment to direct a full-length concert film for the band. The finished product, 9012 Live, was nominated for a 1986 Grammy.



Following this achievement, Soderbergh filmed the short subject Winston, a study of sexual gamesmanship that he would expand into sex, lies and videotape. In the wake of the 1989 film's great success, Soderbergh made Kafka, a darkly comic fictional account of the author's life. The austere film turned out to be something of a disappointment, as did the modest King of the Hill, Soderbergh's 1993 portrait of a young boy's coming-of-age during the Depression. The Underneath, his 1995 film, was a post-noir crime drama that offered further existential meditation and an exploration of the destructive effects of sexuality: unfortunately, like Soderbergh's previous two efforts, it remained mired in relative obscurity. The same could be said of Schizopolis and Gray's Anatomy (both 1996), the former a loopy, inventive look at the intricacies of communication that Soderbergh termed an "artistic wake-up call" to himself, the latter a filmed performance of one of Spalding Gray's monologues.



In 1998, Soderbergh made good on his "wake-up call" with Out of Sight, his most critically and commercially successful film since sex, lies and videotape. Adapted from the novel by Elmore Leonard, it was an irreverent, enjoyable affair that remained true to the book's spirit and featured believable chemistry between leads George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. The following year, Soderbergh continued on his critical winning streak with The Limey, the generally well-received tale of an ex-con (Terence Stamp) bent on revenge for his daughter's mysterious death. He earned even greater plaudits in 2000 as the director of Erin Brockovich; starring Julia Roberts as its eponymous secretary-heroine who uncovers a major environmental scandal, the film was enthusiastically embraced by audiences and critics alike.



Later that same year, Soderbergh raised the bar on issue-oriented drama with Traffic, a multi-layered, multi-character look at the United States' "War on Drugs." The long-gestating project started life as a British miniseries in the early '90s; when Soderbergh realized director Ed Zwick was working on his own exposé on the same subject, the two joined forces, with Zwick producing. Originally developed at Fox with Harrison Ford in the lead, Traffic then switched hands to the major-indie studio USA Films when Ford dropped out, and Michael Douglas snapped up the part. Easily Soderbergh's most ambitious effort, the 50 million-dollar production boasted a seven-city shooting schedule with over 100 speaking parts; almost a third of which were spoken completely in Spanish. What's more, the director insisted on serving as cinematographer for the primarily hand-held, naturally lit film. (Soderbergh originally wanted his credit to read "photographed and directed by," but since WGA regulations prohibit a cinematographer to be cred

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Ocean's Eight
  • Producer
2018
No Score Yet Mosaic
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2017
No Score Yet Logan Lucky
  • Director
2017
96% Citizenfour
  • Executive Producer
2014
No Score Yet Marvin Hamlisch: What He Did For Love
  • Actor
2013
95% Behind the Candelabra
  • Director
2013
83% Side Effects
  • Director
2013
92% Side by Side
  • Steven Soderbergh
2012
80% Magic Mike
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet I Ain't Scared Of You: A Tribute To Bernie Mac
  • Actor
2012
80% Haywire
  • Producer
  • Director
2012
76% We Need to Talk About Kevin
  • Executive Producer
2012
84% Contagion
  • Producer
  • Director
2011
No Score Yet His Way
  • Executive Producer
2011
No Score Yet Cleo
  • Director
2011
90% And Everything Is Going Fine
  • Director
2010
80% Solitary Man
  • Producer
2010
67% Cleanflix
  • Actor
2009
79% The Informant!
  • Director
2009
66% The Girlfriend Experience
  • Director
2009
No Score Yet Playground
  • Executive Producer
2009
66% Che: Part One (The Argentine)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
2009
80% Che: Part Two (Guerrilla)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
2008
87% Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired
  • Executive Producer
2008
76% I'm Not There
  • Executive Producer
2007
90% Michael Clayton
  • Executive Producer
2007
70% Ocean's Thirteen
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
2007
48% Wind Chill
  • Executive Producer
2007
32% The Good German
  • Director
  • Producer
2007
69% A Scanner Darkly
  • Executive Producer
2006
72% Bubble
  • Director
2006
57% PU-239
  • Executive Producer
2006
20% Rumor Has It
  • Executive Producer
2005
72% Syriana
  • Executive Producer
2005
93% Good Night, And Good Luck
  • Executive Producer
2005
82% Keane
  • Producer
2005
44% The Jacket
  • Producer
2005
34% Eros
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2004
56% Ocean's Twelve
  • Director
2004
69% Criminal
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2004
No Score Yet Able Edwards
  • Executive Producer
2004
79% Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
  • Executive Producer
2003
87% Far From Heaven
  • Executive Producer
2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • interviewer
2003
66% Solaris
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2002
48% Naqoyqatsi (Naqoyqatsi: Life as War)
  • Executive Producer
2002
54% Welcome to Collinwood
  • Producer
2002
38% Full Frontal
  • Director
2002
92% Insomnia
  • Executive Producer
2002
82% Ocean's Eleven
  • Director
2001
80% Waking Life
  • Himself
2001
92% Traffic
  • Director
2000
84% Erin Brockovich
  • Director
2000
93% The Limey
  • Director
1999
84% Pleasantville
  • Producer
1998
93% Out of Sight
  • Director
1998
23% Nightwatch
  • Screenwriter
1998
No Score Yet Independent's Day
  • Actor
1998
53% Gray's Anatomy
  • Director
1997
74% The Daytrippers
  • Producer
1997
59% Schizopolis
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Munson Fletcher Munson/Dentist
1996
57% The Underneath
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1995
69% Suture
  • Executive Producer
1993
97% King of the Hill
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1993
57% Kafka
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Yes - Greatest Video Hits
  • Director
1991
98% Sex, Lies, and Videotape
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1989
No Score Yet Winston
  • Director
  • Producer
1987
No Score Yet Yes - 9012 Live
  • Director
1986

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
82% The Girlfriend Experience
2016
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
79% Red Oaks
2014-2016
  • Executive Producer
92% The Knick
2014-2015
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Executive Producer

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