Movies Worth Watching: Schizopolis

Stephen Soderburgh made a splash when his first film, Sex, Lies & Videotape (1989), won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1989.

Since then Soderburgh has had Hollywood success with films like Erin Brockovich (2000) and Ocean’s Eleven (2001). However, Soderburgh has always maintained his experimental streak. He cast non-professional actors in his 2005 movie Bubble and released it digitally on HDNet the same time it was released to theaters. Four days later it was released on DVD. His most recent movie is Magic Mike (2012), starring Channing Tatum, about Tatum’s life as a male stripper in the Tampa area.

One of my favorite Soderburge movies, and also one of his strangest, is Schizopolis (1996).

Schizopolis is about a speech-writer for a self-help guru, a housewife, a dentist, and an exterminator. Different scenes are seen through the eyes of the different main characters. There’s a lot of absurdist humor and it’s definitely not for everyone. For more background check out the entry at Wikipedia.

If your tastes run to the avant-garde and experimental check out Schizopolis. Look for movies on the library’s online catalog. Use the Quick Limit function to restrict your search to DVDs and then search for the titles that interest you. Ask for DVDs at the Circulation Desk and check them out using your Spartans ID as your library card.

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