“Mosaic” offers genuinely innovative storytelling

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IN THE past half-decade there has been no shortage of shows that upend previously held notions of television. When, in 2013, Netflix started releasing episodes of its serial programming simultaneously, the weekly episodic format was supplanted by shows made for marathon viewing. Since then, the boundaries of the small and big screens have become less defined. Bong Joon-ho’s “Okja” premiered at Cannes but was released simultaneously in cinemas and on Netflix. The most noteworthy film of 2017 for Cahiers du Cinema was, in fact, a series: David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return”.

Yet even in this age of inventive television, “Mosaic” sits apart. Directed by Steven Soderbergh, there are two versions of the “film experience”. One is an interactive app for computers and smartphones; the other is a six-part miniseries released on HBO on January 22nd. Neither version is intended to be supplementary. Rather, they offer different experiences of the same…Continue reading

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