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There are three major social issues that this country is struggling with: education, poverty, and drugs. Two of them we talk about, and one of them we don't.

There are three major social issues that this country is struggling with: education, poverty, and drugs. Two of them we talk about, and one of them we don't.

I had more fun making Traffic than either of the Ocean's films. ---->>>

Warner Bros. has talked about going out with low-cost DVDs simultaneously in China because piracy is so huge there. It will be a while before bigger movies go out in all formats; in five years, everything will. ---->>>

The key is, if you're not monkeying around with the script, then everything usually goes pretty well. ---->>>

I just produced Criminal, this remake of Nine Queens, and one of the things that appealed to me about Nine Queens is that it was a performance piece, and that's the most fun. ---->>>

Lying is like alcoholism. You are always recovering. ---->>>

In Full Frontal and K Street, I learned to take advantage of the mobility that digital provides. ---->>>

A movie that costs only $1.6 million doesn't have to be a cultural event to turn a profit. ---->>>

To me the director's job is to leave it in better shape than you found it, literally. ---->>>

Another thing that really excites me: I'd like to do multiple versions of the same film. ---->>>

But my sense in talking to people when I travel is that the film business is not that dissimilar from a lot of other businesses.

But my sense in talking to people when I travel is that the film business is not that dissimilar from a lot of other businesses.

I'm very comfortable with failure. I'm very comfortable being the guy who disappoints people. ---->>>

Making a film that's supposed to be fun to watch is really hard - that's the weird irony of it. ---->>>

Reality shows are all the rage on TV at the moment, but that's not reality, it's just another aesthetic form of fiction. ---->>>

When things go right it's hard to figure out why, but when things go wrong it's really easy. ---->>>

When you're sent something and read it, either you can see it while you read it, or you can't. ---->>>

I guess why the Ocean's films are hard for me is because on the one hand you have to make sure the performances are there, but on the other hand it's a film that demands, to my mind, a very layered and complex visual scheme. That takes a lot of time to figure out. ---->>>

I know why we can't have a frank discussion with our policymakers - if you're in the government or in law enforcement you cannot acknowledge that drugs are anything but inherently evil and morally wrong. ---->>>

I'm in the process of working out an arrangement to make some very, very, very small films in the midst of all these films and maybe that will help. But you get tired of talking. You just want to do it. ---->>>

I look at other filmmakers and see skills in them that I wish I had but I know that I don't. I feel like I have to work really hard to keep myself afloat, doing what I do. But I find it pleasurable. ---->>>

I'm sure some people will say, 'Why do this?' And my response is, 'Why wouldn't you?' The film business in general is using a model that is outdated and, worse than that, inefficient. ---->>>

Well, it's 15 years since Sex, Lies And Videotape, and if you hang around long enough you're having the same arguments with just a new set of people every few years and it gets boring. ---->>>

Maybe I'll paint, do photography, just something else. I can see that. ---->>>

The ought to be a worldwide cultural taskforce that just stops you when you have ideas like combining The Red Desert with an armored car heist movie. ---->>>

When a film like Chris Nolan's Memento cannot get picked up, to me independent film is over. It's dead. ---->>>

I don't consider myself to be particularly gifted in the way that other filmmakers are gifted. ---->>>

I like to make all kinds of movies. I'd do 'Ocean's Thirteen' with the right script. ---->>>

I love caper films. ---->>>

I think I'm good at amplifying an actor's strengths, and minimizing their weaknesses. And they all have strengths and weaknesses. ---->>>

I guess I didn't feel confident enough to be searching in a big public way. I was very content at the time to toil in obscurity on things that I thought might point me in certain directions or teach me certain things - not knowing what that would be. ---->>>

It's pretty clear to me that working as a director for hire agrees with me. I like it. The films that have come out of that, I personally like better than the ones that didn't. ---->>>

The great thing about the business is how Darwinian it is. We have to swim or die - if you are found wanting over a period of time, you've either got to change what you're doing or find something else to do. ---->>>

Traffic is about drugs. As detailed a portrait as I can muster about what is happening in the drug world, from top to bottom, from policy to how things move on the street. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: American
Born: 01-14, 1963
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
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Occupation: Director
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Steven Andrew Soderbergh (; born January 14, 1963) is an American film producer, director, screenwriter, cinematographer and editor. His indie drama Sex, Lies, and Videotape (1989) won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and became a worldwide commercial success, making the then-26-year-old Soderbergh the youngest director to win the festival's top award (wikipedia)