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Getting Away with It is a hilarious, insightful conversation between two visionary directors, Steven Soderbergh and Richard Lester, about the manifold joys and hardships of being a filmmaker. Though a generation apart, both share the infectious passion of cinephilia and have had a wide impact on the world film community. Soderbergh's freshman effort as a writer-director, s ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published November 1st 2000 by Faber & Faber
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“Brief, desultory discussion of forthcoming manuscript’s inception, purpose and potential audience. Self-deprecating remark. Amusing anecdote with slightly serious undertone. Awesome display of ego disguised as humility; joke about same. Transparently hollow thanks to contributors and collaborators.” – Steven Soderbergh (from Getting Away with It - Introduction, Part Three – aka Another Note from the Author)

If you are someone who finds the tone of the above author’s note amusing, then run out an
Patrick McCoy

Steven Soderbergh wrote an unusual little book, Getting Away With It, for the British Publishing Company Faber and Faber. It 's probably not for everyone, but if you’re a film fanatic with an appreciation for Soderbergh it should probably be right up your alley. It is a mix of a journal that Soderbergh was writing as he was looking for distribution for his experimental film, Shizopolis, and Spalding Gray’s entertaining monologue film, Gray’s Anatomy. It gives us insight into his producing, writi
Not sure how this book was ever conceived, let alone sold and published. I guess it's an example of an acclaimed Hollywood director with some sway just being able to do something that interests him (and probably only him) and get paid for it, though not much since I can't imagine this book ever sold more than about a thousand copies.

Getting Away With It compiles a series of interviews Soderbergh conducted with the British filmmaker Richard Lester, whose claims to fame include the Beatles propaga
Michael Chaddock
I love Soderbergh, but have little interest in Richard Lester. There's too much Lester.
Raphael Bernardo
The main topic is the Richard Lester interviews but the Soderbergh journal entries in between are the best part. It's pretty exciting to see what Soderbergh was up to before he Made Traffic, Oceans 11, 12, 13 and Contagion, how he navigated the large studios, and to watch the as he writes, procrastinates from writing, and deals with problems with the studios. The journal entries start as he's running out of money after living on writing income the last 18 months.
Being into Soderbergh and having an interest in knowing more about Lester, I enjoyed this book quite a bit. Not having an interest in these two guys would be a fine reason not to read this.

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The diary entries, written during the production and release of Schizopolis, are as revealing and clever as the film. The interview with director Richard Lester shows Soderbergh's love of film and foreshadow his DVD "interview" commentaries on Catch-22 and even Criterion's Schizopolis disc.
Eric Dahl
If you're a Soderbergh fan, or just enjoy listening to super-intelligent, funny, creative people struggling with the exact same creative fears that any artist does, you'll like this book. Check out the intro if you get a chance, and if you don't think that alone is worth the price of admission, then maybe stay away.
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