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Steven Soderbergh

Steven Soderbergh is a versatile American director who moves easily between smart action films (Ocean's Eleven, 2001), social commentary (Erin Brockovich, 2000), and crime epics (Traffic, 2000). Soderbergh's eclectic career is noteworthy, but his greatest influence may come from Bubble (2005), a low-budget drama about three underachieving employees at a doll factory and the circumstances that lead to jealousy and murder. Unassuming but extraordinarily powerful, Bubble shook up the film industry because Soderbergh elected to release it in theaters, on DVD, and to pay-per-view TV all on the same day, which may be the wave of the future for movie distribution.

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