AMCi: Steven Soderbergh & RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

By Alicia Malone September 22, 2014

Here’s another reason why we love Steven Soderbergh. The indie director may be taking a break from film (apart for being a DOP on the upcoming “Magic Mike XXL”) but in the meantime, he’s been getting creative with editing projects.

First, he did a shot-by-shot remake of Hitchcock’s “Psycho” and a ‘Butcher’s Cut’ of “Heaven’s Gate”… now he’s taken another classic and given it a twist. Soderbergh has put a black and white, silent version of “Raiders Of The Lost Ark” up on his website, which he edited for the purpose of education. He wants people to watch it and think only about staging - how and why the shots were put together, and the reason behind the length for each.

The statement on his website reads: “I’ve removed all sound and color from the film, apart from a score designed to aid you in your quest to just study the visual staging aspect. Wait, WHAT? HOW COULD YOU DO THIS? Well, I’m not saying I’m like, ALLOWED to do this, I’m just saying this is what I do when I try to learn about staging, and this filmmaker forgot more about staging by the time he made his first feature than I know to this day…”

Click here to go to his site and watch the edit!

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