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Steven Soderbergh

by Thom Bennett

Steven Soderbergh early success has been his own worst enemy. He burst on to the scene 1989 with his debut film "sex, lies and videotape" and immediately inherited the crown of the new indie messiah.

However, after the success of "sex, lies and videotape", Soderbergh's work, although brilliant, has been largely ignored. His follow up, the visually stunning "Kafka" (1991) received only marginal critical acclaim and nothing in the way of box office. Soderbergh next film, the phenomenal, depression-era drama "King of the Hill" (1993), won back some of his critics while still failing to achieve the crossover success of "sex, lies and videotape". In 1994, Soderbergh's brilliant film-noir "The Underneath", a tale of a reformed gambler who tries to turn his life around, only to risk it all for one final, big score, also failed to get much attention.

It was not until 1998 when Soderbergh helmed the George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez film "Out of Sight", that he once again garnered mainstream praise. Based on an Elmore Leonard novel, "Out of Sight" was an international success and drew audiences attention back to this brilliant young filmmaker.

Soderbergh's other films include "Schizopolis" (1996) and "Gray's Anatomy" (1997). His newest film, "The Limey" will appear at this year's Cannes Film Festival.

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