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The next entry on our way to building the 50 Favorite Indie Films list is…
Sex, Lies and Videotape
Indie film lover Richard Thomas submits this indie “heard ’round the world” for your vote consideration. Thanks Richard for the submission!
With a title like Sex, Lies and Videotape, the viewership had no choice but to skyrocket. The title alone plays on voyeurism and titillates the imagination as it piques the interest of our naughtier side. This is heralded as the indie breakout, not only for filmmaker Soderbergh and much of the cast but the gold standard for the rise of independent film of the 1990s. This film is credited as being the crown jewel in the indie studio Miramax’s library, who continued with indie success with Tarantino, Kevin Smith, and Woody Allen among others.
Take a look at this video from 2009 at at Sundance as Steven Soderbergh, Andie MacDowell, Laura San Giacome and Peter Gallegher recount the experience of making and selling this film.
In his own words, Richard makes it plain:
Memento is a favorite, hard to top that one. Reservoir Dogs, Donnie Darko, The Usual Suspects, Secretary—all great films, could have been my choice here too. I remember SEX, LIES AND VIDEOTAPE because it was so different, so tense and exciting, all at once. You had these people, that you thought should be happy, but were in reality, severely damaged and fractured. You never knew what was the truth, what was really going on, and Spader was amazing. An electrically charged film from start to finish.
Importance of Indie Films:
In 2006, Sex, Lies, and Videotape was added to the United States Library of Congress’ National Film Registry as being deemed “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.”
Here is the original trailer to bring back those “feelings”…
When was the last time you watched an indie film this good?
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