Steven Soderbergh Makes 'Raiders of the Lost Ark' Black-and-White to Highlight Spielberg's Genius

Soderbergh ditched the color and added a new soundtrack to the 1981 classic
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Steven Soderbergh really digs Raiders of the Lost Ark — and not just for the pulpy action or Harrison Ford one-liners.

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Soderbergh has removed the color and added a special soundtrack to the film in order to let people study its staging, which he defines as "how all the various elements of a given scene or piece are aligned, arranged, and coordinated."

He writes in a blog post that Raiders director Steven Spielberg forgot more about staging by the time he made Raiders than Soderbergh knows today.

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"See if you can reproduce the thought process that resulted in these choices by asking yourself: why was each shot — whether short or long — held for that exact length of time and placed in that order?" he writes. "Sounds like fun, right? It actually is. To me. Oh, and I’ve removed all sound and color from the film, apart from a score designed to aid you in your quest to just study the visual staging aspect."

You can watch the stripped-down version of Raiders here.