Soderbergh embraces past with 'German'

Nov. 13, 2006 at 8:57 PM

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Director Steven Soderbergh has revisited Hollywood's past with his upcoming U.S. historical film, "The Good German."

The director decided that to best capture his newest film's 1946 subject matter, his production should embrace how Hollywood studios once operated, and so he adapted the picture's studio to capture that essence, The New York Times reported.

By filming the movie in black and white while also embracing the historical Hollywood concepts, Soderbergh said he was able to capture the essence of the time successfully.

The director also said that the film, that stars George Clooney as an American war correspondent in search for a lost love, is a risk similar to one he took when he headed up the 1989 independent film, "Sex, Lies and Videotape."

"You hope that there's a way of putting a film like this across," Soderbergh, who helped pave the way for independent films with his 1989 offering, told the Times. "And just not for yourself. If a movie like this can get made and actually bring in a little bit of money, it means that someone else can make one too. I'm just hoping that we can find a way to the audience so that the person in line behind me who's trying to get Warners to do something off track can point to 'The Good German' and say, 'You know, that worked, let's try this now.'"

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