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The Cinema of Steven SoderberghIndie Sex, Corporate Lies, and Digital Videotape$
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Andrew deWaard and R. Colin Tait

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165518

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165518.001.0001

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The Dialectical Signature

The Dialectical Signature

Soderbergh as Classical Auteur

Chapter:
(p.13) Chapter One The Dialectical Signature
Source:
The Cinema of Steven Soderbergh
Author(s):

Andrew deWaard

R. Colin Tait

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231165518.003.0002

This chapter looks at the conflicting characteristics of Soderbergh's cinematography, narrative, editing, and performance. Soderbergh subscribes to a holistic approach in filmmaking, by experimenting and developing his skill in all aspects of film creation. As director, writer, cinematographer, editor, composer, and even actor, in these multiple roles, Soderbergh assimilated all the necessary skills needed on a film set. There is no defining element or characteristic that unites all of his films — nor any of the increasingly experimental works to follow — so much as there is a Soderberghian ethos or spirit that pervades his entire body of work. The overall result of this multi-faceted style produces what is called a ‘dialectical signature’.

Keywords:   cinematography, Steven Soderbergh, filmmaking, dialectical signature, holistic approach, experimental works

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