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Steven Soderbergh Blogathon- Day 3

January 16, 2014

 

The Soderbergh blogathon continues with an excellent post by J.D.Lafrance from Radiator in Heaven, on K- Street a T.V.Series by Soderbergh, starring his favorite George Clooney. Soderbergh has always been experimenting,  with genres, with content, with narration. And his prolific output has seen movies, TV series, epic dramas, one character, one act movies. Some of them have failed, some have succeded, but like a true auteur he keeps going always.  K-Street saw actual politicians, interacting with fictional characters,  and like some of Soderbergh’s  experiments, this did not really find favor with many critics. In J.D’s own words

 

K Street was as inside as it gets when it came to depicting American politics as executive producers Clooney and Soderbergh had incredible access to politicians on Capitol Hill featuring the likes of Orrin Hatch and Rick Santorum. Soderbergh adopts a restless, hand-held camera for a verite look that invokes Haskell Wexler’s Medium Cool (1969), which was a docudrama set amidst the chaos of the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention and also combined fiction and non-fictional material. Along with Robert Altman’s Tanner ’88, which placed a fictional candidate in the middle of the 1988 Democratic primary, both are arguably the most significant influences on K Street. Soderbergh adopts a fly-on-the-wall approach that makes you feel like eavesdropping on these folks. Soderbergh also utilizes his trademark filters throughout with cool, gun-metal blues and sickly, queasy yellows. This was achieved by shooting on digital video utilizing multiple cameras with no special lighting and direct sound.

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