Steven Soderbergh was only 26 years old when he released his first feature length, “Sex, Lies, and Videotape,” making him the youngest director to ever win the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989, kickstarting a long, varied and celebrated career, establishing him as a force in Hollywood in the 1990’s through now. To date, he has directed 36 feature films, produced 33 titles, written 10 scripts, and done more than most that pass through Hollywood in just under 25 years. Impressive doesn’t even come close to describing Soderbergh’s career and his self-imposed departure due to “creative fatigue” from writing, directing, producing, editing, and all his other manifold cinema talents will create a huge void in the American cinema landscape. His final film (and when we say “final,” we’re crossing our fingers in hopes that he reneges on his “retirement”), the Liberace biopic “Behind the Candelabra,” is due out later this year via HBO Films.
Fun Fact: Did you know Soderbergh often acts as his own Cinematographer, having directed the photography of 20 of his own features, under the pseudonym “Peter Andrews?” Prolific doesn’t even begin to cover it. Check out this informative and interesting 8-minute mini-doc about Soderbergh entitled, “The Films of Steven Soderbergh” below: