As you'll know from reading the August 89 issue of Empire, Steven Soderbergh dashed off the script for Sex, Lies and Videotape in a week in an act of 'personal catharsis', based on his own trudges through the quagmire of intimate relationships. This leads one to the conclusion that Steven Soderbergh must be one very weird dude. For Sex, Lies and Videotape is a startling movie. Startling in its subject matter: adultery, masturbation, voyeurism are all given a kinky twist via the intrusion of 80s technology. Startlingly competent, for this, the year old director's first feature, so impressed the Cannes Film festival jury that they gave it the Palme d'Or for Best Movie and voted its star, James Spader, Best Actor.
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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. Taylor David Foil. Newmyer Nancy Tenenbaum. Beville Steven Soderbergh. Miramax Outlaw Productions Virgin. I was always peeved that this film won the Palme d'Or over Spike Lee's film.
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The annals of independent film history are filled with tales of relentless, stubborn filmmakers weathering scores of slammed doors, running up credit cards, grinding away for years to bring their breakthrough movies to life. In comparison, the production of sex, lies, and videotape was almost absurdly brief. A quarter of a century.
Steven Soderbergh 95min. Review Our Score. Although it took an uncompromisingly adult approach to sex, it wasn't explicit nudity of which there is none that made this intelligent film so controversial, but the intimacy of the drama and the frankness of the dialogue. A genuine slow-burner, it takes its time introducing us to the quartet of main characters.