Recently there was a list published. A list of movies, TV shows, books and short stories that Steven Soderbergh had watched or read over a period of 12 months. He also included at the end what he called “An almost comically basic syllabus” with suggestions for books to read and films to watch for color cinematography, B & W cinematography, editing and screenwriting.
You can check out the list here: http://media.wnyc.org/media/resources/2011/Apr/06/Soderberghs_list.pdf
An interesting observation from this list is that Soderbergh watched Spielberg’s Raiders of the Lost Ark three times in a single week. In Black and White. That is very interesting to me. Why did he watch it in black and white? I couldn’t find an answer to that anywhere. Perhaps since Raiders is such a throwback to all the old Saturday matinees and serial films it is only appropriate to watch it in black and white to match the look of all those shows. I don’t really know. In any case, I’ll let you be the judge. Let me know what you think.