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The philosophy of Steven Soderbergh

Author: R Barton Palmer; Steven Sanders
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©2011.
Series: Philosophy of popular culture.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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At the age of twenty-six, Steven Soderbergh launched his career in the film industry with astonishing success. His film sex, lies, and videotape (1989), which he wrote in only eight days, won the prestigious Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a bittersweet blessing that shaped high expectations for the young director. The film, also nominated for an Academy Award, is regarded by most film experts as a turning  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Steven Soderbergh; Steven Soderbergh
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: R Barton Palmer; Steven Sanders
ISBN: 9780813126623 0813126622 9780813126630 0813126630
OCLC Number: 639159505
Description: ix, 318 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction / R. Barton Palmer and Steven M. Sanders --
Knowledge, truth, sexuality. Knowledge, truth, and thought experiments in Schizopolis and Sex, lies, and videotape / David Rodríguez-Ruiz --
Love, truth, and the medium in Sex, lies, and videotape / Yannis Tzioumakis --
Amplified discourse and desire in Sex, lies, and videotape / Murray Pomerance --
Temporality, intertextuality, genre. Alain Resnais meets film noir in The underneath and The limey / R. Barton Palmer --
Consciousness, temporality, and the crime-revenge genre in The limey / Geoff King --
Intertextuality, broken mirrors, and The good German / Andrew deWaard --
Remade by Steven Soderbergh / Aaron Baker --
Self-reflexivity, self-centeredness, autobiography. Philosophical reflections on Steven Soderbergh's Kafka / Ivo Ritzer --
Responsibility and self-centered narration in Erin Brockovich / Andrew Patrick Nelson --
Schizopolis as philosophical autobiography / Drew Morton --
Politics, morals, methodology. Mr. Soderbergh goes to Washington / Steven M. Sanders --
Schizoanalyzing the informant / David Sterritt --
Competing modes of capital in Ocean's eleven / R. Colin Tait --
An ethical analysis of Traffic / Shai Biderman and William J. Devlin --
Simulacra, space, Solaris. The philosophy of space and memory in Solaris / Douglas McFarland --
Solaris, cinema, and Simulacra / Michael Valdez Moses.
Series Title: Philosophy of popular culture.
Responsibility: edited by R. Barton Palmer and Steven M. Sanders.

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At the age of twenty-six, Steven Soderbergh launched his career in the film industry with astonishing success. His film sex, lies, and videotape (1989), which he wrote in only eight days, won the prestigious Palm d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, a bittersweet blessing that shaped high expectations for the young director. The film, also nominated for an Academy Award, is regarded by most film experts as a turning point in the history of American independent cinema. The Philosophy of Steven Soderbogh examines Soderbergh's full body of work, from films that brought him commercial success such as Erin Brockovich (2000), to more controversial films such as The Limey (1999), which put his name among the ranks of such celebrated filmmakers as the Coen brothers, David Lynch, and Orson Welles. Editors R. Barton Palmer and Steven M. Sanders introduce readers to the imaginative storylines, philosophically salient themes, and inventive approaches to filmmaking that distinguish Soderbergh's work. Expert scholars analyze Soderbergh's films individually, exploring topics such as the nature of reality in Solaris (2002); the heritage of Enlightenment thought in Schizopolis (1996); guilt, punishment, and redemption in The Limey (1999); altruism in Erin Brockovich (2000); truth, knowledge, and ethics in sex, lies, and videotape (1989); politics as reality and fiction in K Street (2004); and Kantian ethics, performance, and agency in Traffic (2000) and the Ocean's trilogy (2001-2007). Like the Coens and David Lynch, Soderbergh places emphasis on character over narrative, self-conscious stylistic display and visual exuberance, and a deep, often disturbing engagement with the problematic aspects of the human condition. His films take on a variety of cinematic forms, often by joining the traditions of film noir and crime cinema with European styles and themes. By consistently challenging the viewer to question the foundations of knowledge, understanding, and reality, Soderbergh's films have played a significant role in the advancement of American art cinema. R. Barton Palmer Is Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University and the author or editor of many books. Steven M. Sanders, professor emeritus of philosophy at Bridgewater State University --Book Jacket.

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