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I Watched Every Steven Soderbergh Movie
Notes on one of the most varied careers in the history of cinema.
By Dan Kois
Posted Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2011, at 12:30 AM ET

Still of Matt Damon in Contagion. Click iimage to expand.On Nov. 5, 1988, the aspiring director Steven Soderbergh stood in line at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood for a screening of his favorite film. He was still editing his first feature, Sex, Lies, and Videotape and had just barely made the Nov. 1 deadline to submit a rough cut to the Sundance Film Festival. "It was wonderful seeing it again," he wrote of his favorite movie the next day in his diary. "That was my 28th time seeing that film in a theater."

That film was Jaws. At the time, Soderbergh noted, friends were surprised that a sensitive young director--whose understated relationship drama would soon win Sundance, then Cannes--would claim the Spielberg sharktacular as his favorite. "Usually people expect Grand Illusion or something like that," he wrote. "A serious film, in other words."

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Dan Kois is the author of Facing Future and writes regularly for New York, the Washington Post, Slate, the Awl, and Village Voice.

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