Getting Away With It: Or: The Further Adventures of the Luckiest Bastard You Ever Saw (Paperback)

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Steven Soderbergh shares diaries from his period in the creative wilderness in the late '90s and counterpoints it with a Hitchcock/Truffaut-style interview with the great and underrated Richard Lester (A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, the '70s THREE MUSKETEERS movies). All artists crippled with anxiety and self-doubt don't end up winning Oscars, but it's kinda inspiring that this one did.

— From Justin


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, sex, lies, and videotape, inaugurated a movement in low-budget, independent American film that remains a vital part of contemporary cinema today. Lester's freewheeling films of the sixties and seventies (including the Beatles' movies Help! and A Hard Day's Night; The Knack; How I Won the War and Petulia) helped to create a "new wave" of British film-making. Together they discuss their respective adventures in motion pictures in a free-ranging and sardonically educational dialogue.

Interwoven with this dialogue is a similarly witty and insightful journal by Soderbergh, recounting an extraordinary twelve months in which he rejected the Hollywood system and ventured into "guerilla film-making" with the offbeat projects Schizopolis and Gray's Anatomy, before returning to the Hollywood fray with his acclaimed adaptation of Elmore Leonard's "Out of Sight", starring George Clooney.

About the Author

Steven Soderbergh's latest films are Erin Brockovich and Ocean's Eleven.

Richard Lester's last film was Get Back, a documentary of the 1989-90 Paul McCartney tour.

Praise For…

“Too funny, too true, too sad to put down.” —David Thomson, The Independent on Sunday

Product Details
ISBN: 9780571190256
ISBN-10: 0571190251
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date: November 1st, 2000
Pages: 224
Language: English