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Steven Soderbergh interview

posted by Jason Kottke   Jan 23, 2009

A longish interview with Steven Soderbergh about his Che movie and filmmaking in general. The first question is about how all his movies are related.

The good news is that I don’t have to know if there’s a link. Wells had a great quote once where some critic asked him a similar question. He said, “I’m the bird, and you’re the ornithologist.” I don’t really sit down and think on a macro level how or if these things are connected. They obviously are in the sense that I wanted to make them. And so there must be something in them that I’m drawn to.

Soderbergh also talks about following your interest when choosing projects and not worrying so much about the money.

Yeah. And I’m a big believer that if there’s something you really want to do, don’t walk away because of the deal. I see it happen a lot. I see people walk away from things because they didn’t get the deal they wanted.

The recollections of the CIA operative who

posted by Jason Kottke   Oct 15, 2007

The recollections of the CIA operative who interrogated Che Guevara after his capture in Bolivia and shortly before his death.

Felix Rodriguez received the order from the Bolivian military high command. There was a simple code: 500 meant Che Guevara, 600 dead, 700 alive. 500 - 600 was the command.