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Schizopolis

Steven Soderbergh

 
Schizopolis (Criterion DVD)

DVD

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  • United States
  • 1996
  • 96 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  •  
  • Spine #199

Fletcher Munson has a doppelgänger in dentist Dr. Jeffrey Korchek. In his only starring performance to date, acclaimed director Steven Soderbergh inhabits both roles: Munson, onanistic corporate drone and speechwriter for New Age guru T. Azimuth Schwitters, and the swinging Korchek, Muzak enthusiast and lover to Munson’s disenchanted wife. Meanwhile, mad exterminator and part-time celebrity prima donna Elmo Oxygen seduces local housewives in secret code and plots against Schwitters. Placing the onus squarely on the viewer (“If you don’t understand this film, it’s your fault and not ours”), writer/director/editor/cameraman Soderbergh presents a deranged comedy of confused identity, doublespeak, and white-knuckled corporate intrigue, confirming his status as one of America’s most daring and unpredictable filmmakers.

Cast

Fletcher Munson/Dr. Jeffrey KorchekSteven Soderbergh
Mrs. Munson/Attractive Woman #2 Betsy Brantley
Elmo OxygenDavid Jensen
T. Azimuth SchwittersMike Malone
Nameless Numberhead Man Eddie Jemison
Right-Hand ManScott Allen
Attractive Woman #1 Katherine La Nasa
Man Being InterviewedC.C. Courtney
Mysterious Couple (Female) Liann Pattison
Mysterious Couple (Male) Silas Cooper
Fletcher’s Daughter Sarah Soderbergh
Lester RichardsPeter Soderbergh
TV Commercial AnnouncerPark Seward
Numbers womanFritzi Bjorndahl

Credits

Disc Features

  • New high definition digital transfer, approved by director Steven Soderbergh and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • Two audio commentaries: Steven Soderbergh interviewed by Steven Soderbergh; producer John Hardy, actor and casting director David Jensen, production sound mixer Paul Ledford, and actor Michael Malone
  • Maximum Busy Muscle!
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A new essay by Village Voice critic Dennis Lim

    New cover by Neil Kellerhouse

Film Essays

Schizopolis

By Dennis Lim October 27, 2003

Whatever else it may be—a riotous Möbius strip of deranged word games and doppelgänger metaphysics, a scalding allegory of professional and personal disappointment, the missing link between . . . Read more »

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Film Essays

Schizopolis

By Dennis Lim October 27, 2003

Whatever else it may be—a riotous Möbius strip of deranged word games and doppelgänger metaphysics, a scalding allegory of professional and personal disappointment, the missing link between . . . Read more »

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