In this Book

Steven Soderbergh
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Steven Soderbergh's feature films present a diverse range of subject matter and formal styles: from the self-absorption of his breakthrough hit Sex, Lies, and Videotape to populist social problem films such as Erin Brockovich, and from the modernist discontinuity of Full Frontal and filmed performance art of Gray's Anatomy to a glossy, star-studded action blockbuster such as Ocean's Eleven. Arguing that Soderbergh practices an eclectic type of moviemaking indebted both to the European art cinema and the Hollywood genre film, Aaron Baker charts the common thematic and formal patterns present across Soderbergh's oeuvre. Almost every movie centers on an alienated main character, and he represents the unconventional thinking of his outsider protagonists through a discontinuous editing style. Including detailed analyses of major films as well as two interviews with the director, this volume illustrates Soderbergh's hybrid flexibility in bringing an independent aesthetic to wide audiences.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Frontispiece
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. p. vii
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  1. Preface and Acknowledgments
  2. pp. ix-xii
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  1. THE FILMS OF STEVEN SODERBERGH
  2. p. 1
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  1. Relational Independence
  2. pp. 1-16
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  1. Remade by Steven Soderbergh: The Underneath, Traffic, Ocean's Eleven, Solaris
  2. pp. 16-27
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  1. Star Actors: Julia Roberts, Michael Douglas, George Clooney
  2. pp. 28-39
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  1. Cinema of Outsiders: Alienation and Crime
  2. pp. 39-42
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  1. Critical Violence and Out of Sight
  2. pp. 42-53
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  1. Words as Weapons: The Limey and Ocean's Eleven
  2. pp. 53-60
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  1. Independent Form
  2. pp. 60-75
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  1. Experiments in Digital Video: Full Frontal, K Street, Bubble
  2. pp. 75-86
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  1. Class Conflict in High Definition: Che and The Girlfriend Experience
  2. pp. 86-90
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  1. Music and Authorship in Ocean's Eleven and The Limey
  2. pp. 90-96
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  1. INTERVIEWS WITH STEVEN SODERBERGH
  2. pp. 106-113
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 115-122
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 123-128
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 129-132
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  1. About the Author, Further Reading, Publication Information
  2. pp. 133-136
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