While Soderbergh might have announced his retirement from film via his famous 'State of Cinema' speech, he has since found a second life in television with his new show, [The Knick](series:968791).
Check out the first trailer below:
The Knick marks, from what I can see, a strong return to already great form. Soderbergh has always been a complex storyteller from Sex, Lies and a Videotape to Traffic. Giving the man a bigger canvas can only help the scale and depth of his creations and I am very interested to see what he produces with this very interesting subject matter.
The show is following Dr. John W. Thackery, who is a doctor put in the middle of what is considered 'modern medicine' at the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York at the turn of the century.
Soderberg rarely does period so it will be interesting to see how his modern techniques deal with such a serious issue at the time and from the trailer it appears that he is using handheld camera in certain parts along with his trademark jump-cut editing. Techniques tried by few, for example Michael Mann's Public Enemies, but often results in mixed feelings from viewers. We'll see...
The Knick airs August 8th on Cinemax.
So what do you think, will Soderbergh fill the televisual boots?
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