Dixon, W.W. “Review of The Cinema of Steven Soderbergh: indie sex, corporate lies, and digital videotape.” Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Sept 2013, Vol. 51 Issue 1, p83.
Steven Soderbergh is one of contemporary Hollywood’s most innovative and prolific filmmakers, and books on his work are coming fast and furious just as fans and followers speculate about his retirement from the cinema. Mark Gallagher’s recent Another Steven Soderbergh Experience: Authorship and Contemporary Hollywood was one such volume. Now readers have another excellent book on this maverick, shape-shifting filmmaker who, moving with ease between big budget spectacle and indie introspection, tackles social justice in a corporate world with films embodying dozens of cinematic trends and forms advanced in the past 25 years. A welcome addition to the long-running “Directors’ Cut” series, this book extends the dialogue on Soderbergh in a number of new directions, concentrating on issues of auteurship and identity in the director’s oeuvre, and offering compelling readings of The Limey, Solaris, and The Good German, among other films. Immaculately researched and illustrated with frame blowups throughout the text, the volume is an important contribution to the field and demonstrates just how complex and how important Soderbergh is to late-20th- and early-21st-century filmmaking.
Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above.
–W. W. Dixon, University of Nebraska–Lincoln