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Information | Photos | Official website Released: 2020

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DVDs that include an audio commentary track from Steven:
Clean, Shaven - Criterion Collection
Point Blank
The Graduate (40th Anniversary Collector's Edition)
The Third Man - Criterion Collection
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?



The way it was with Schizopolis
By Steven Soderbergh
(This is London, March 10, 1999)

(15) Betsy Brantley, David Jensen, Mike Malone. Dir: Steven Soderbergh. U.S. 1996. 96 mins.

I made Schizopolis before Out of Sight, right after directing a film that didn't really work for me, called The Underneath.

Schizopolis was a real turning point. I remember being on the set and wondering whether I really wanted to continue making films. I realised I was in danger of stagnating, and that it was time to change course. I was close to quitting. I no longer had any passion for the one thing I knew, and I was at a loss about what to do.

I thought about trying to develop another skill - then I decided to make a film the way I did when I was 13. I tried to recall exactly what that felt like, to recreate those circumstances and do it again. So I started hatching a plan, buying up old equipment, warning a couple of friends (who ended up working with me) that I'd be doing this, and that kept me going.

We shot it over ten months, at a cost of about $250,000. I've described the film as impossible to synopsise - it is about the disintegration of a marriage and the breakdown of communication within it. The other element was the pressures of the creative act itself with my character having to write an important speech. It may turn out to be the ET of indulgent cinema, but I honestly think that if you go off and do it yourself, and do it that cheaply, you buy yourself some leeway.

The strange thing is that Schizopolis may be the quintessential Steven Soderbergh movie, the adrenal-gland version. More than anything it was time to start over. In a sense this was my second first film.


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