Quotations by Steven Soderbergh

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Born: Monday, January 14, 1963
Profession: Director
Nationality: American


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

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

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
(Keywords: Business, Travel, People, Film, Sense, Talking)

I don't consider myself to be particularly gifted in the way that other filmmakers are gifted.
- 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
(Keywords: Time, Thought, Content, Obscurity, Public)

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
(Keywords: Time, Film, Mind, Ocean)

I had more fun making Traffic than either of the Ocean's films.
- Steven Soderbergh
(Keywords: Fun, Ocean)

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
(Keywords: Performance, Fun)

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
(Keywords: Government, Drugs, Evil, Law, Wrong)

I like to make all kinds of movies. I'd do 'Ocean's Thirteen' with the right script.
- Steven Soderbergh
(Keywords: Movies, Right)

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
(Keywords: Work)

I love caper films.
- Steven Soderbergh
(Keywords: Love)

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

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
(Keywords: Help, Talking, Want, Will)

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
(Keywords: Business, People, Film, Will)

I'm very comfortable with failure. I'm very comfortable being the guy who disappoints people.
- Steven Soderbergh
(Keywords: People, Failure, Being)

In Full Frontal and K Street, I learned to take advantage of the mobility that digital provides.
- 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
(Keywords: Pretty)

Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering.
- Steven Soderbergh
(Keywords: Lying)

Making a film that's supposed to be fun to watch is really hard - that's the weird irony of it.
- Steven Soderbergh
(Keywords: Film, Fun, Irony)

Maybe I'll paint, do photography, just something else. I can see that.
- Steven Soderbergh
(Keywords: Photography)

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
(Keywords: Fiction, Reality)

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
(Keywords: Business, Change, Time)

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

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
(Keywords: Car, Ideas)

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
(Keywords: Education, Country, Drugs, Poverty, Talk)

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

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
(Keywords: Policy, Drugs, World)

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
(Keywords: Movies, Will, Years)

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
(Keywords: Sex, People, Arguments, Lies, Years)

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

When things go right it's hard to figure out why, but when things go wrong it's really easy.
- Steven Soderbergh
(Keywords: Right, Wrong)

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







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