Although director Steven Soderbergh claims he is stepping down from making movies after Side Effects and Behind the Candelabra, an artist of his caliber is bound to return to the cinema within several years.
Soderbergh experienced a similar creative cross in the road after his disappointment over the 1995 feature The Underneath. During this period, the filmmaker penned the book Getting Away With It and shot the indie films Schizopolis and Gray’s Anatomy.
During the Side Effects press conference, Mr. Soderbergh was asked if there was any direct link between his first project (Sex, Lies, And Videotape), and Beyond the Candelabra, which stars Michael Douglas as Liberace and Matt Damon as his companion Scott Thorson. Although most of the director’s films are cerebral in tone, Soderbergh couldn’t help but give a witty answer to the reporter.
“I felt very fortunate that Candelabra ended up falling where it did, not only because I worked with Michael and Matt before, but it seemed to me to exist in a continuum with the first film,” said Soderbergh. “At the end of the day it was a relationship movie, and the core of it was two people in a room. The difference in this case was they were in a hot tub. I look at that as quite a progression.”
Click on the media bar and hear Soderbergh talk about Side Effects as a progression of the thriller genre that goes all the way back to Billy Wilder’s classic flick Double Indemnity. Screenwriter Scott Z. Burns is also heard in the clip:
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