Filmmakers could learn a lesson or two about “retiring” gracefully from Steven Soderbergh. He’s attempting to focus on his painting career, but it seems the director can’t stay away from the camera for terribly long. It’s somewhat charming. Soderbergh is currently lensing the Cinemax miniseries The Knick, set in New York’s Lower East Side circa 1910.
Starring Clive Owen, the show will focus on the staff of the former Knickerbocker Hospital (now a set of apartments). With production underway, Soderbergh has transformed the neighborhood, transporting passersby to the early part of the 20th century. It’s a surreal scene, as evidenced by these Instagram snapshots and videos (via Gothamist). By 1910, many of the roads in New York City were paved with brick or cobblestone, but some areas were still covered in dirty or macadam (a bound mixture of stone and sand) — in case you’re wondering about the authenticity of these scenes. We can't wait to see what direction Soderbergh takes with the project.
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