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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.
I feel as if I know Laura San Giacomo from somewhere, but after checking her IMDb-page, I am pretty certain that I have never seen her in anything, no movie at least; must be the distinctive nose in combination with the hair that (strongly) reminds me of some other actress I cannot recall right now. Anyways, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, the more-or-less debut of director Steven Soderbergh, of whom I had already seen nine features before this, many of which I like, but none of which I love. Until now! Because Sex, Lies, and Videotape is undoubtedly (in my opinion at least) his best work to-date, and since he claims to be retired, it will probably defend that title for…
I was always peeved that this film won the Palme d'Or over Spike Lee's film. So much that when I first watched it, a few years ago when I was getting started in film, I turned it off after 15 minutes and claimed it to be one of those film classics that I didn't approve of. Because I was being edgy back then. Finally coming back for a full viewing on a Saturday afternoon, I prove my young self-worth wrong again. It's truly amazing at just how mesmerizing, audacious, and downright sexy Soderbergh’s debut is.
It's been said that Sex, Lies, and Videotape is the independent film that got mainstream audiences into independent films and while that was certainly true…
As far as feature film debuts from great directors this isn't bad. It shows none of the signs of the lack of experience which hold back many such movies. But it's also no Eraserhead. It has an interesting enough story to keep you hooked, the pacing and cinematography bear the seeds of the great director to come, and most of the acting is solid (a few actors at the beginning of their careers who would end up making it pretty big too). But despite the subject matter being right up my alley (psychology) and being from a director I know and love I wasn't really blown away. Fun and worth seeing for fans of Soderbergh, but not required reading.
The Summer Of Directors Challenge: Film 36, #51: Sex, Lies, and Videotape
Fascinating. sex, lies, and videotape delivers everything promised in its title. Soderbergh's visual style was already entirely defined in his first feature, and coupled with the offbeat acting and plot structure, it's one of the most interesting film debuts of all time.
Since Sex, Lies And Videotape ended, and in fact pretty much the whole way through its running time actually, I found myself wondering why I keep giving Steven Soderbergh chances.
Because I just don't like his films. I only liked Out Of Sight. But I do know why I keep coming back to him and it's because he does, to his credit, have an interestingly varied career behind him in terms of genre. I like a director who is able to jump from genre to genre with seemingly little effort, which is why is perhaps the main reason why I find him to be extremely frustrating.
To me, this latest attempt to try and find something else in his career…
I'm attracted to the insularity of this four-person drama. These people exist between a comfortable bourgeois house, a sparse apartment, an office, and a dingy bar; to them, there is no outside world. They call one another on the phone—as sister, spouse, lover, friend—in order to gossip or arrange their betrayals. The quartet's sex lives are tightly intertwined. Together they're like an equation, with erotic variables added to or removed from either side of an equals sign. First-time director Steven Soderbergh often maps out the give and take within this closed loop through editing: through temporal disjunctions in image and sound. Theirs is a fractured world, where the experience of sex and lies must be mediated through the videotape. It's…
I'll have to get back to you on this one
Rarely do I rewatch films I've already negatively reviewed. Yet, here I am, rewatching sex, lies, and videotape and here I am, going back on my original score and admitting I was wrong.
sex, lies, and videotape isn't a complex film. Its cheaply shot, rather poorly acted, and simply written. As a film reviewer, I can completely see how I didn't originally enjoy the film. However, I also cannot believe I missed the more basic element of the film. it has a clear thesis: a conversation is more powerful, sexual, and emotional than sex is. Throughout the film, every scene points back to this thesis, trying to prove, disprove, and explore this notion.
The characters are archetypal. The sexually uninterested…
one of the best debuts ever IMO
Despite having seen Steven Soderbergh's Sex, Lies, and Videotape several days ago, I have yet to stop thinking about it. What could easily have been a filmic stunt into sexual depravity (and other lecherous territories) instead blossoms into a sincere cinematic portrait of four people struggling with their own faults.
Well done, Soderbergh. Well done.
Damn, it took me a long time to finally see this. Everything about it has stuck with me weeks after seeing it and I look forward to a rewatch.
The sense of confidence at the hand of the filmmaker is so apparent that I am thoroughly convinced Soderbergh was born in a lab, engineered by filmmaking scientists to be the perfect director.
hooo I liked this a lot I just can't figure out why yet... definitely need to sleep on this one
I should rewatch this ASAP. Got hyped in 1989 so I was sceptical at first. Watched it anyway and was softly blown away. Mind you I was 18 at the time and this was an intriguing look at grown-ups (but just one step ahead of you) doing grown-up things, like having lots of doubts. Always had a very strong identification with the James Spader character (probably the role of his career). As for Soderbergh, I don't think he ever came close to making something as heartfelt, something not weighted down by the History of Cinema.
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