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Steven Soderbergh retires from film: ‘Movies don’t matter any more’

by Ben Child.

Steven Soderbergh is finally quitting Hollywood, but not without one last parting shot at the system which has left the Oscar-winning director no longer interested in making movies.

Soderbergh’s long goodbye has been playing out for at least three years, and he has been nothing if not prolific during that period, with six films since 2011. Now, in what appears to be his definitive retirement interview, the film-maker behind Traffic, Magic Mike and the Ocean’s Eleven series has accused Hollywood of treating directors in an increasingly “absolutely horrible” fashion over the past two decades.

“The worst development in film-making – particularly in the last five years – is how badly directors are treated,” Soderbergh told New York magazine. “It’s become absolutely horrible the way the people with the money decide they can fart in the kitchen, to put it bluntly. It’s not just studios – it’s who is financing a film. I guess I don’t understand the assumption that the director is presumptively wrong about what the audience wants or needs when they are the first audience, in a way. And probably got into making movies because of being in that audience.”

Read the rest of this article from the Guardian.

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  • John Holser January 31, 2013, 10:26 AM

    It’s very sad when a director with the chops of Steven Soderbergh is treated like an idiot. I knew this occurred in the advertising world, but am a little surprised to hear it happens to someone like Steven. It’s not uncommon for “the guilty” to realize what they are doing and what treasure they have after it’s gone. I only hope they are awake enough to be listening. How many like Steven do we have to loose before this happens?