Steven Soderbergh on clarity

“The hardest thing in the world is to be good and clear when creating anything. It’s the hardest thing in the world. It’s really easy to be obscure and elliptical and so fucking hard to be good and clear. It breaks people. Because you don’t often get encouragement to do that, to be good and clear.”

This quote came from a great interview with Believer magazine. His version of the 1970’s sci-fi epic Solaris is stunning/complex/sparse. I laugh when I think that might actually be his ordainment movie.

2 Replies to “Steven Soderbergh on clarity”

  1. You know, President Obama is pretty clear and precise. Beyond his incredible intellect/wisdom I suspect his training focuses on achieving clarity, using language that frames an argument and dissects the issues. He seems a good listener too. Is that his lawyer background? Surely all of us could benefit from practicing this art.

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