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Steven Soderbergh Quotes and Sayings

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When a film like Chris Nolan's Memento cannot get picked up,
to me independent film is over.
It's dead.
- Steven Soderbergh

I like to make all kinds of movies.
I'd do 'Ocean's Thirteen' with the right script.
- Steven Soderbergh

Making a film that's supposed to be fun to watch is really hard -
that's the weird irony of it.
- Steven Soderbergh

I don't consider myself to be particularly gifted in
the way that other filmmakers are gifted.
- Steven Soderbergh

 

A movie that costs only $1.6 million doesn't have to
be a cultural event to turn a profit.
- Steven Soderbergh

I think I'm good at amplifying an actor's strengths,
and minimizing their weaknesses.
And they all have strengths and weaknesses.
- Steven Soderbergh

When things go right it's hard to figure out why,
but when things go wrong it's really easy.
- Steven Soderbergh

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The key is, if you're not monkeying around with the script,
then everything usually goes pretty well.
- Steven Soderbergh

Lying is like alcoholism.
You are always recovering.
- Steven Soderbergh

To me the director's job is to leave it in better shape than you found it,
literally.
- Steven Soderbergh

I just produced Criminal, this remake of Nine Queens,
and one of the things that appealed to me about Nine
Queens is that it was a performance piece,
and that's the most fun.
- Steven Soderbergh

When you're sent something and read it,
either you can see it while you read it,
or you can't.
- Steven Soderbergh

I love caper films.
- Steven Soderbergh

I had more fun making Traffic than either of the Ocean's films.
- Steven Soderbergh

In Full Frontal and K Street, I learned to take advantage
of the mobility that digital provides.
- Steven Soderbergh

Reality shows are all the rage on TV at the moment,
but that's not reality, it's just another aesthetic form of fiction.
- Steven Soderbergh

Another thing that really excites me:
I'd like to do multiple versions of the same film.
- Steven Soderbergh

There are three major social issues that this country is struggling with:
education,
poverty, and drugs.
Two of them we talk about, and one of them we don't.
- Steven Soderbergh

Maybe I'll paint, do photography, just something else.
I can see that.
- Steven Soderbergh

The ought to be a worldwide cultural taskforce that
just stops you when you have ideas like combining The
Red Desert with an armored car heist movie.
- Steven Soderbergh

But my sense in talking to people when I travel is
that the film business is not that dissimilar from
a lot of other businesses.
- Steven Soderbergh

I'm very comfortable with failure.
I'm very comfortable being the guy who disappoints people.
- Steven Soderbergh

Traffic is about drugs.
As detailed a portrait as I can muster about what is
happening in the drug world,
from top to bottom, from policy to how things move on the street.
- Steven Soderbergh

It's pretty clear to me that working as a director for hire agrees with me.
I like it.
The films that have come out of that,
I personally like better than the ones that didn't.
- Steven Soderbergh

The great thing about the business is how Darwinian it is.
We have to swim or die - if you are found wanting over a period of time,
you've either got to change what you're doing or find something else to do.
- Steven Soderbergh

I look at other filmmakers and see skills in them that
I wish I had but I know that I don't.
I feel like I have to work really hard to keep myself afloat,
doing what I do.
But I find it pleasurable.
- Steven Soderbergh

I'm sure some people will say, 'Why do this?' And my response is,
'Why wouldn't you?' The film business in general is
using a model that is outdated and,
worse than that, inefficient.
- Steven Soderbergh

I guess I didn't feel confident enough to be searching in a big public way.
I was very content at the time to toil in obscurity
on things that I thought might point me in certain
directions or teach me certain things -
not knowing what that would be.
- Steven Soderbergh

I'm in the process of working out an arrangement to make some very,
very, very small films in the midst of all these films
and maybe that will help.
But you get tired of talking.
You just want to do it.
- Steven Soderbergh

Well, it's 15 years since Sex, Lies And Videotape,
and if you hang around long enough you're having the
same arguments with just a new set of people every
few years and it gets boring.
- Steven Soderbergh

Warner Bros.
has talked about going out with low-cost DVDs simultaneously
in China because piracy is so huge there.
It will be a while before bigger movies go out in all formats;
in five years,
everything will.
- Steven Soderbergh

I know why we can't have a frank discussion with our policymakers -
if you're in the government or in law enforcement you
cannot acknowledge that drugs are anything but inherently evil and morally wrong.
- Steven Soderbergh

I guess why the Ocean's films are hard for me is because
on the one hand you have to make sure the performances are there,
but on the other hand it's a film that demands,
to my mind, a very layered and complex visual scheme.
That takes a lot of time to figure out.
- Steven Soderbergh

Film spectators are quiet vampires.
- Jim Morrison

This film cost $31 million.
With that kind of money I could have invaded some country.
- Clint Eastwood

The length of a film should be directly related to
the endurance of the human bladder.
- Alfred Hitchcock

A wide screen just makes a bad film twice as bad.
- Samuel Goldwyn

When you make a film you usually make a film about an idea.
- Sydney Pollack

A film is a petrified fountain of thought.
- Jean Cocteau

So, where's the Cannes Film Festival being held this year?
- Christina Aguilera

A good film is when the price of the dinner,
the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.
- Alfred Hitchcock

I think cinema, movies, and magic have always been closely associated.
The very earliest people who made film were magicians.
- Francis Ford Coppola

Every great film should seem new every time you see it.
- Roger Ebert

Film lovers are sick people.
- Francois Truffaut

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

I don't think you should feel about a film.
You should feel about a woman, not a movie.
You can't kiss a movie.
- Jean-Luc Godard

I never enjoyed working in a film.
- Marlene Dietrich

Shoot a few scenes out of focus.
I want to win the foreign film award.
- Billy Wilder

Every single art form is involved in film,
in a way.
- Sydney Pollack

Even if I set out to make a film about a fillet of sole,
it would be about me.
- Federico Fellini

The secret to film is that it's an illusion.
- George Lucas

Look, I'm just a storyteller.
When I make a film, I never want the film to become
a vehicle of social propaganda.
- Norman Jewison

I had not starred in an independent film and it's about
a woman who owned a hair salon.
- Jenifer Lewis

That is the thing I'm most grateful for in this industry
to be able to spin in those different mediums,
with television, film and the stage -
at this stage of the game.
- Blair Underwood

Film will only became an art when its materials are
as inexpensive as pencil and paper.
- Jean Cocteau

Robert Altman's Nashville is my all-time favorite film
because it covers all the bases -
it's original,
moving, and has something to say, but also funny and incredibly entertaining.
- Douglas Wood

This particular film highlights Ben and Owen's strengths
which is that they are great comedic actors with tremendous
chemistry and they do a really good job.
- Paul M. Glaser

I mean, I did a film, a musical of 'Scrooge',
in '70, and the tricks were done by flat clothes and mirrors.
I hope that the day will come when we don't have to turn up at all.
- Albert Finney

Contrary to what many writers imply about the process,
nobody forces a writer to sell his work to the film industry.
- Thomas Perry

My best film composing experience was with Elia Kazan.
- Alex North

If I fail, the film industry writes me off as another statistic.
If I succeed, they pay me a million bucks to fly out to Hollywood and fart.
- George A. Romero

When I'm shooting, really the audience I'm thinking
the hardest about is that first test screening audience
who I want to like the film and that first opening weekend audience.
- Jay Roach

Due to the political nature of film,
partisan film making,
especially where the subject is close to the film makers hart,
tend to be the norm, rather than the exception.
- Ben Edwards

I have no control over a film.
I don't know what will be left on the cutting floor.
- Judi Dench

Clearly any film company that makes a film is always
going to talk about sequels particularly if they see
something as being successful,
which Werewolf was.
- Jenny Agutter

The film's dramatic requirements should always take
precedence over the mere aesthetics of editing.
- Edward Dmytryk

I don't believe in having body doubles for a film.
- Nicole Kidman

Well yes, my son was bar mitzvahed last April,
after I made this film.
- Jami Gertz

I considered going to film school; I took a course
in film and was very interested in filmmaking as well as film writing.
- Robert Morgan

I'm not going to spend two years on a film or four
years on an opera if I don't feel like I can put my own self into it.
That doesn't mean it has to be about myself.
- Julie Taymor

I was speaking to Ridley Scott the other day and he
makes a film every 18 months.
He's amazing really.
- Adrian Lyne


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