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-> It would be bad enough if Soderbergh merely wrote, directed, and/or produced a nonstop barrage of provocative, eclectic films and television shows. But that isnít enough for our greedy little friend. No, [[AuteurLicense he has to shoot his own films and edit them under]] [[PenName pseudonyms]]. Quite frankly, I find it a little sickening that one bald, bespectacled little man is able to do so many things so brilliantly. It isnít fair. Soderbergh is throwing off the curve. Maybe the reason Hollywood is filled with so many mouth-breathing troglodytes is because heís hogged all the talent. Either heís one of the most remarkable talents in American film, or thereís a very busy genie out there granting all his wishes. Alternately, heís cloned himself {{Film/Multiplicity}} style, and has six or seven exact copies helping him get shit done.

-->-- Creator/NathanRabin ''My Year of Flops'' #141 ''[[Film/{{Solaris2002}} Solaris]]''

Steven Andrew Soderbergh (born 1963) is an AcademyAward winning film director and producer. He also acts as a writer, cinematographer, and editor on most of his pictures, almost always under a pseudonym. He is best known for going back and forth from making low budget indie films to large budget crowd pleasers, as well as making his movies very quickly and under budget. He's also a major proponent of digital film making.

He [[ProductionPosse frequently works]] with Creator/GeorgeClooney, Creator/MattDamon, and Creator/JuliaRoberts.

Claims that his career is near an end and plans on retiring from film making in the near future, with his apparent swan song being his long-in-gestation {{Biopic}} of Liberace, ''Film/BehindTheCandelabra''.

!!Films directed by him include:

* ''Film/SexLiesAndVideotape'' (1989)
* ''Kafka'' (1991)
* ''King of the Hill'' (1993)
* [[MindScrew ''Schizopolis'']] (1996)
* ''Film/OutOfSight'' (1998)
* ''Film/TheLimey'' (1999)
* ''Film/ErinBrockovich'' (2000) (for which JuliaRoberts won her Oscar),
* ''Film/{{Traffic}}'' (2000) (for which HE won his Oscar)
* ''Film/OceansEleven'' (2001)
* ''Full Frontal'' (2002)
* ''[[Film/{{Solaris2002}} Solaris]]'' (2002)
* ''OceansTwelve'' (2004)
* ''OceansThirteen'' (2007)
* ''Che'' (2008)
* ''Film/TheInformant!'' (2009)
* ''Film/{{Contagion}}'' (2011)
* ''Film/{{Haywire}}'' (2011)
* ''Film/MagicMike'' (2012)
* ''Film/SideEffects'' (2013)
* ''Film/BehindTheCandelabra'' (2013)

!!Tropes applying to the man and his work:

* AcclaimedFlop: If his films aren't [[SleeperHit sleeper hits,]] then they'll be this.
* AuteurLicense: He got one after ''videotape'', and seemed to be on the verge of losing it until he made ''Film/OutOfSight''. He was pretty much granted one for life after the Oceans Trilogy.
* BaldOfAwesome
* BreakthroughHit: ''Film/SexLiesAndVideotape''
* CaliforniaDoubling: [[AvertedTrope Averted.]] He'll always shoot on location.
* CareerResurrection: ''Film/OutOfSight''.
* HeAlsoDid: Was Assistant Director on ''Film/TheHungerGames''. [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Really.]]
* MindScrew: ''Schizopolis''. Non-stop.
* PenName: When he's a Cinematographer or Editor, he's credited under, respectively, [[MeaningfulName "Peter Andrews" and "Mary Ann Bernard".]]
* PopStarComposer: Has worked with Cliff Martinez and David Holmes.
* ProductionPosse: Collaborates with writer Scott Z. Burns, MattDamon, GeorgeClooney, Eddie Jemison and Channing Tatum. And when he's not editing his own movies, Stephen Mirrione is his editor.
* RenaissanceMan: Is a Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer, Editor, Composer and Painter.