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Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Beale, Donald
Author's Email Address dbeale@lsu.edu
URN etd-0709103-135015
Title Five Films of Steven Soderbergh
Degree Master of Arts in Liberal Arts (M.A.L.A.)
Department Liberal Arts (Interdepartmental Program)
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
John R. May Committee Chair
Ronald G. Garay Committee Member
William W. Demastes Committee Member
Keywords
  • american film
  • auteur
  • film studies
  • cinema studies
Date of Defense 2003-07-07
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
This study examines five films of Steven Soderbergh: sex, lies, and videotape (1989), The Underneath (1995), Out of Sight (1998), The Limey (1999), and Traffic (2000). For each film, themes and cinematic form and technique are analyzed with the intent of demonstrating a consistent authorial voice of the director. The investigation reveals that common themes include the protagonist at odds with the world about him, journey, ambiguities and uncertainties in the characters' worlds, and the nondichotomous nature of reality, especially in regard to morality. The study also argues that Soderbergh has evolved a style that favors a nonlinear narrative and parallel editing, frequent use of a hand-held camera, and systematic uses of color. It is concluded that such commonalities in theme and style provide evidence for an evolving artistic vision.
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