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Monday, January 28, 2013

Steven Soderbergh's Exit Interview

Posted by Erik Henriksen on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 at 3:14 PM

I keep hoping Steven Soderbergh will come to his senses and decide to keep making movies, but nope—he's still saying he's gonna quit, with February 8's Side Effects slated to be his last theatrical release, and his Liberace movie, Behind the Candelabra, heading straight to HBO. Vulture's got a great interview with him, which inclues stuff like, "I just don’t think movies matter as much anymore," and, regarding booze he's going to start importing from Bolivia, "You can drink it like water and then you’re invisible." On quitting directing:

It’s a combination of wanting a change personally and of feeling like I’ve hit a wall in my development that I don’t know how to break through. The tyranny of narrative is beginning to frustrate me, or at least narrative as we’re currently defining it. I’m convinced there’s a new grammar out there somewhere. But that could just be my form of theism.

Is it similar to how you were feeling in 1997 when you made the satire Schizopolis — an attempt to “blow up the house,” as you put it?
Yeah. If I’m going to solve this issue, it means annihilating everything that came before and starting from scratch. That means I have to go away, and I don’t know how long it’s going to take. And I also know you can’t force it. I love and respect filmmaking too much to continue to do it while feeling I’m running in place. That’s not a good feeling. And if it turns out I don’t make another one, I’m really happy with this last group of movies. I don’t want to be one of those people about whom people say, “Wow, he kind of fell off there at the end.” That would be depressing.

Soderbergh's one of the best directors we've got, and I find the prospect of no more films from him to be fairly distressing. Read the interview.

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