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Sex, Lies, and Videotape
A sexually repressed woman's husband is having an affair with her sister. The arrival of a visitor with a rather unusual fetish changes everything.
Once you get past James Spader's hair, this little masterpiece will really get under your skin. In fact, despite all of his hard work since, Soderbergh has never made a film with as much raw emotion and power as this one. What makes that even more remarkable is the fact that everything happens so quietly. This isn't the kind of film that jumps in your face and forces you to watch the curiosities within. Instead, it just slowly unfolds while you sit there with nothing meaningful to say about it.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape turns out to be everything films like Shame were trying to be and more. The characters are stranger and filled with quiet horror, the plot moves…
η σεξουαλική ένταση που δημιουργεί, η υπόγεια διαστροφή, οι κοφτοί, ρεαλιστικοί διάλογοι, οι αντιφάσεις των χαρακτήρων που βγαίνουν ήρεμα στην επιφάνεια μέχρι να φτάσει το φινάλε και να συνειδητοποιήσεις πόσο η σκηνοθεσία του Σοντεμπεργκ τους έχει "εκθέσει" και ξεγυμνώσει όπως ακριβώς τις γυναίκες στις βιντεοκασέτες. my soderberg's favorite
In 1989 when Stephen Soderbergh unleashed his indie film Sex, Lies and Videotape on an unsuspecting populace, he blew the minds of many, including yours truly.
Viewing this seminal film again almost 25 years later I realize that, although Soderbergh used some broad strokes in his character depictions, the film still has surprising depth and a truly interesting psychology resting just under the surface.
The narrative is tight and the flow of the film is just about perfect – an amazing feat from a first time writer and director. About the only flaw (and perhaps a giveaway that this is indeed an indie film) is in the area of sound – there are some beautiful ambient sounds in the background…
"Steven Soderbergh's directional debut back 1989 and it's a GOOD one. Soderbergh is one of my favorite directors of all-time and he writes and directs with brilliant intelligence about human sexuality. He puts together a great cast: Andie MacDowell (who was one of my celeb crushes back in the days, who's a TV actress nowadays) James Spader, Laura San Giacomo (who still looks nice today) & Peter Gallagher. Spader, San Giacomo & MacDowell are the true standouts here. Terrific movie."
A quiet little film that slowly sinks under your skin until you're floating in its essence and your thoughts are sinking back into the film and both of you are floating on dreams of what could have been even though what already is there is deep enough for those invited to sink in as well.
I kid, of course. One might even say that I've lost my marbles. Regardless, this Soderbergh guy is pretty great.
I don't have many concrete thoughts on this film. Undeniably impressive in many ways, and with a pretty great emotional power, but one I just subjectively didn't respond that enthusiastically to. And I hate using that argument, and it is a cop-out, but I can't really explain why I didn't like this film more.
To be fair, I didn't actually like Spader's acting performance, and the other man here had a pretty one-dimensional character. Andie MacDowell has a great performance though, and her sister is good as well. Maybe what I couldn't get behind is that it's a film ultimately all about pop-psychology which I'm always apprehensive about - Spader's arc and big reveal was a bit hard to take…
Voyeuristic as fuck. James Spader's hair is creepier than all of "Eraserhead."
I know, I know. It's a pioneer of independent filmmaking, won so many prestigious awards, etc, etc. For me it was slow and I couldn't bring myself to care about the characters. There was nothing truly exciting and nothing particularly aesthetically pleasing. I do however, understand why it has such hype. If I saw it in 1989 I probably would have loved it.
Relentlessly dull, and I suspect purposefully so, despite the salacious title.
★★★★½ = Superb
Steven Soderbergh’s breakthrough cinematic debut is a series of cleverly-written sequences involving interactions between some or all of four very distinct characters. Sex, Lies, and Videotape is a study of how people think they know themselves and how their perspectives can be radically altered through the insights of others.
The cast play their roles to perfection. James Spader shines brightest. His performance earnt him the Best Actor Award at Cannes.
Sex, Lies, and Videotape is an independently-made film whose unprecedented success was instrumental in beginning the 1990s independent film boom. The film cost $1.2m to produce and grossed over $36m at international box offices.
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Muy de los 90...muy Soderbergh. Me gusta!
The account of sex, lies and videotape is part of a bygone 1990s indie filmmaking mythology, how 29-year-old writer-director Steven Soderbergh hammered out the script on a week's trip to LA, how the film was made for roughly one million, how it won the Palme d'Or. There are flashes when it reminds us of how sexy the movies could be, and once were, back in the Double Indemnity days, when language was like a foot massage.
Casi 25 años de carrera (en cualquier caso irregular, pero nada despreciable) teóricamente cerrada sin volver a alcanzar el nivel de éste debut.
I don't know. A mixed bag. Liked some things, disliked others, but the film really snapped into place during its last parts. So, more like than disliked then, I guess.
I probably have to see it again sometime.
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List made from the book 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die. This list just from the 2013 edition,…