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Getting Away With It

Getting Away With It: Or: The Further Adventures of the Luckiest Bastard You Ever Saw

by Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh won the prestigious Palme d'or at the Cannes Film Festival for his first full-length film, sex, lies and videotape in 1989, thus inaugurating a decade of American Independent cinema. He won a Best Director Oscar in 2000 for Traffic. His recent films include Haywire and Contagion. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Faber & Faber, 2011
  • DOI:
    10.5040/9780571343331
  • ISBN:
    9780571343331 (online)

    9780571190256 (paperback)
  • Edition:
    First edition
  • Place of Publication:
    London
Getting Away With It
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Steven Soderbergh and Richard Lester are a generation apart, but they share a sense of humour and a passion for cinema. Soderbergh’s freshman film, sex, lies and videotape, inaugurated a movement in US independent cinema. Lester’s freewheeling work in the ‘60s and ‘70s (Help!, A Hard Day’s Night, The Knack, How I Won the War, Petulia) helped create a ‘new wave’ of British film-making. Here, the two cineastes discuss their mutual passion for the medium in a frank, funny and free-ranging series of interviews. Also included is Soderbergh’s diary of an extraordinary twelve months in which he ventured into ‘guerrilla film-making’ with off-beat projects Schizopolis and Gray’s Anatomy, before returning to the Hollywood fray with the George Clooney hit Out of Sight.