The Filmographers Podcast

The Filmographers Podcast

Welcome to the Filmographers Podcast, where we study a director’s entire career, one film at a time. In each episode, we discuss why a single film succeeded or failed and examine it in the context of the Hollywood landscape when it was released. In our first season, we’re turning the spotlight on Steven Soderbergh, one of the most celebrated, fascinating, and versatile directors in modern American cinema. https://filmographerspodcast.com/

Episodes

July 16, 2024 70 mins

In 2006, Steven Soderbergh released “The Good German,” a black-and-white film set in postwar Berlin, that was in dialog with one of the greatest films ever made: “Casablanca.” Is it an homage, a deconstruction—or something else entirely?

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It’s 2006, and Steven Soderbergh is following up his first-ever sequel, the star-studded Ocean’s Twelve, with his most daring independent film yet: Bubble, a small-town crime drama cast with nonprofessional actors who improvise most of their dialogue.

 

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June 25, 2024 68 mins

Since making his debut in 1989, Steven Soderbergh has made art-house films, grown-up dramas, crime flicks, a science fiction tale, and even mainstream, Oscar-winning hits. The only thing he hasn’t done is make a sequel—until now, with “Ocean’s Twelve” (2004).

 

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June 18, 2024 59 mins

In only his first dozen films, Steven Soderbergh has created one of Hollywood’s most eclectic filmographies. But he still hasn’t made a sci-fi flick—until now. Join us as we discuss his 2002 remake of Andrei Tarkovsky’s 1972 Soviet SF classic, “Solaris.”

 

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June 11, 2024 88 mins

If you’re Steven Soderbergh, coming off box-office success and an Oscar win, what do you do next? Make a low-budget, shot-on-video quickie that almost nobody will love, of course! Join us for the skinny on “Full Frontal” (2002).

 

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June 3, 2024 64 mins

We all love a good "what might have been" story. Every major director has a filing cabinet stuffed with projects that slipped through their fingers, and Steven Soderbergh is no different.

 

From beefing with Robert Redford to a legal sparring match with Scott Rudin to nearly making a historical musical, Soderbergh has a rich history of near misses, and we've got the highlights. Join us as we take a break from our regular programmin...

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May 28, 2024 70 mins

Just Mike and Keir, a couple of bros, discussing Steven Soderbergh’s bro-fest, “Ocean’s Eleven.” The star-studded caper just happens to be his eleventh movie, too—what a Soderbergh move to make the stars align like that! It makes us both want to gaze dreamily at the Bellagio fountain…

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May 21, 2024 87 mins

Stephen Soderbergh is having the best year of his career. “Erin Brockovich,” released in March, has been raking in the cash and is predicted to do well in awards season. But he’s about to upstage himself with ANOTHER film at the end of December: the sprawling war-on-drugs drama “Traffic.”

 

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May 14, 2024 69 mins

Steven Soderbergh is on an artistic and critical winning streak, and now, as the new millennium begins, he’s about to finally find box-office success again . . . and maybe win an Oscar, too. (If only he can beat that pesky Steven Soderbergh for Best Director.)

 

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May 7, 2024 58 mins

In 1999, as many of his peers take Hollywood by storm, Steven Soderbergh returns to his low-budget indie roots with “The Limey.” Will he maintain his career momentum or succumb to the malaise that defined most of his 1990s efforts? The answer is . . . complicated. 

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April 30, 2024 76 mins

“Out of Sight” (1998) was Soderbergh’s seventh theatrical feature and his first great film. Keir and Mike are excited. Are YOU excited? You’d better be. Because there are few perfect movies in this world . . . and this is one of them.

 

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April 23, 2024 47 mins

In 1997, Steven Soderbergh released not one but TWO films that failed to find an audience. The first was Schizopolis, which we covered in last week's episode.

Gray’s Anatomy, a kind of concert film for monologuist Spalding Gray, was the second. Despite their lack of commercial success, both movies were extremely important to the filmmaker’s growth. But, alas, only one showcases Spalding Gray zestfully saying "macular pucker" more t...

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April 16, 2024 54 mins

Generic greeting! Short informational introduction including facts such as name and release year of movie (Schizopolis, 1996) and its director (Steven Soderbergh). Labored joke and exhortation to listen!

All meta kidding aside, we’ve arrived at one of the most crucial films in Soderbergh’s long career—it’s the movie no one wanted, but the one he needed. Turns out, it’s pretty good.

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April 9, 2024 66 mins

While many of his peers are finding their footing, Steven Soderbergh seems to be losing his grip. Some directors never get a second chance, much less a third or a fourth. With “The Underneath” (1995), is time running out?

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April 2, 2024 70 mins

Soderbergh’s sophomore effort was a critical and commercial dud that made the producers’ money disappear as if by magic. Will the 30-year-old director bounce back with 1993’s “King of the Hill”? Well . . . it’s complicated.

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March 26, 2024 55 mins

Steven Soderbergh decides to follow his smash-hit debut with a black-and-white movie, set in Prague, about the author who puts the A's in alienation, anxiety, and absurdity. We’ve all heard of sophomore slumps, but “Kafka” (1991) is really something.

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March 18, 2024 57 mins

Steven Soderbergh wrote 1989's “Sex, Lies, and Videotape” in eight days and shot it in one month for $1.2 million dollars—and took Cannes by storm. It was both the beginning of a brilliant career and the dawn of a new era for independent film.

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March 8, 2024 2 mins

Coming March 19! In Season One of the Filmographers Podcast, hosts Michael Moreci and Keir Graff explore the career of Steven Soderbergh--one of the most celebrated, fascinating, and versatile directors in modern American cinema--one film at a time.

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