Talking with Steven Soderbergh

Here’s a piece from one of my colleagues, Scott Hutchins. Take it away Scott…

Steven Soderbergh was in San Francisco as part of the roll out for his four-and-a-half-hour, two-part epic Che, about the Argentinian doctor turned revolutionary Che Guevara.  Guevara is no stranger to American screens, especially after the popular film, The Motorcycle Diaries. So we wondered why Soderbergh wanted to make another movie about him.  Soderbergh is widely considered one of the most talented directors at work in Hollywood today, but even some of his fans are scratching their heads over this most recent film.  In the New Yorker, film reviewer Anthony Lane says, ‘I still have no idea what truly quickens his heart.’  In this interview, we certainly discovered what gets his blood pumping.  Soderbergh (who also directed Traffic, Erin Brokovich, and Sex, Lies and Videotape) discusses his shaken faith in the power of film, what he has in common with Fidel Castro, and how nothing will ever be solved in the Middle East as long as monotheists are involved. You can read the full interview at

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