HOLLYWOOD – Cinemax’s Steven Soderbergh-directed TV drama The Knick, stars Clive Owen as a surgeon working at the turn of the century in a New York hospital and pushing the boundaries of medicine while taking smack.
But what do we really know? We sent the Studio Exec FACT squad to get its hands dirty with the blood of pre-antibiotic sepsis gunk.
1. Steven Soderbergh is still directing films. Sure they’re films shown on HBO and Cinemax but they’re films.
2. Clive Owen.
3. All alcoholics walk around with a bottle in their hand. All prostitutes are genuinely drop dead gorgeous.
4. Race riots have an aphrodisiac-like effect. When in episode 7 a police man is stabbed by a black man and killed – ever on the pulse of current events. Oh wait… – a race riot breaks out. Following the drama of the doctors and nurses rescuing their black patients, they unwind with cast wide nookie.
5. Electronic ambient music pre-dates both jazz and rock n’ roll. Cliff Martinez based his score on music from the archives of the American Musical History institute, which gathered street music from New York in the early 1900s. French pioneer Jean Michel Jarre would rediscover this music and make it the basis for a series of albums in the 1980s.
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