With Steven Soderbergh‘s “Behind The Candelabra” premiering at Cannes in the next few days, and hitting HBO a week on Sunday, we’re not going to see a new film from him for a long time, if ever. But as he moves into other ventures, we hope he keeps up his habit of collaborating with great filmmakers on commentary tracks.
Soderbergh’s one of the most articulate and fascinating thinkers on film out there, and from his own films to something like the track with Tony Gilroy on the Criterion edition of “The Third Man,” he’s a consistently entertaining and informative host on DVD talk-throughs, none more so than when paired with the great Mike Nichols. The two have teamed up a few times and Cinephilia And Beyond have dug up perhaps their finest hour together, on the commentary for Nichols’ debut film “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf.”
If you’ve never heard it, you can take a listen below; it’s pretty much a must-hear, with or without the film, and about as productive a way to spend your lunch hour as we can think of. So yeah, fingers crossed that even as he enters his sabbatical, Soderbergh still finds time to sit down in a recording booth every so often. “Behind The Candelabra” airs on HBO on Sunday May 26th, and we’ll have our review with you very soon.