It's a little strange to hear one of the pioneers of independent film long for the old days of the studio system. In a recent New York Times article, Stephen Soderbergh talks about how and why he recreated the golden age of film making with his new pic The Good German.

Soderbergh decided to run his production using techniques of classic Hollywood film making. The attention to detail included dialog recorded with boom mics rather than modern body microphones, using period lenses, less camera movement and fuller frames. It all added up to a film that has gone way beyond homage and has transformed into a full-fledged reproduction. Soderbergh's inspiration for the film was Casablanca director Michael Curtiz, "I often think I would have been so happy to be Michael Curtiz, making a couple of movies a year of all different kinds, working with the best technicians. I would have been in heaven, just going in to work every day."

The classic studio system was a mix of art and mass production -- they didn't call it the Dream Factory for nothing. It did, however, give filmmakers the chance to make all kinds of films. Well, Soderbergh might not have the safety net of the old system, but he seems to be doing all right in finding a variety of projects for himself. Coming up for Soderbergh is Guerrilla, a biography of Che Guevara (2008) and, of course, the next installment in the Ocean's series, Ocean's Thirteen. The Good German opens December 15.