From his regulation yuppie wire-rim glasses and suspenders to his compulsive womanizing, he lacks imagination. Soderbergh's most disturbing, provocative and perceptive creation, the video generation's nightmare child.Impotent whenever he is with another person, Graham's only physical satisfaction comes when he watches the tapes he has made of women answering his questions about their sexual histories and tastes.James Spader, who won the Best Actor Award at Cannes, gives a tremendously subtle performance, playing Graham with a hesitant half-smile and tentative voice that makes him sweet and sinister at once, keeping everyone off-balance. '' He is a cool observer so pained by his own detachment that the word voyeur never quite matches his perversity.
By the end of this opening sequence, when Graham takes his duffle bag and video camera from his trunk and walks through the Millaneys' door, the writer and director Steven Soderbergh has mapped out the bright wit, sinister undertone and smooth, layered style that run through ''Sex, Lies and Videotape.'' Mr.
Soderbergh's astonishing first film is a ''Liaisons Dangereuses'' for the video age, a rich, absorbing tale of sexual greed and fear, love and betrayal, in which Graham's camera becomes a central player.
Her affair with John is built on rivalry and the thrill of deception as much as sexual heat.
''The beautiful, the perfect Ann Bishop Millaney,'' Cynthia sneers about her sister, her voice dripping with contempt and ugly victory.
Younger than television, he directs the camera as if it were the most natural storytelling device in the world.
But his talent is clearly uncommon, for he has evoked four flawless performances.
Even the bright windows that frequently frame the characters reinforce the idea of voyeurism while, more practically, they prevent this inbred drama from seeming too dark and claustrophobic.
''Sex, Lies and Videotape,'' which opens today at Cinema Studio 1 and 2, is one of the freshest American films of the decade.
Nupur Joshi, an honest, cheerful, intelligent dame from Mumbai gave up the life of a corporate lawyer, to pursue her hobby/passion/now-her-job, an indie magazines’ platform Paper Planes.