The Cinema of Michael Mann

The Cinema of Michael Mann

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Michael Mann is one of the most important American filmmakers of the past forty years. His films exhibit the existential concerns of art cinema, articulated through a conspicuous and recognizable visual style and yet integrated within classical Hollywood narrative and genre frameworks. Since his beginnings as a screenwriter in the 1970s, Mann has become a key figure within contemporary American popular culture as writer, director, and producer for film and television. This volume offers a detailed study of Mann's feature films, from The Jericho Mile (1979) to Public Enemies (2009), with consideration also being given to parallels in the production, style, and characterization in his television work. It explores Mann's relationship with classical genres, his thematic concentration on issues of morality and masculinity, his film adaptations from literature, and the development and significance of his trademark visual style within modern American cinema.The night bedroom scene between Graham and Molly which is dominated by the bathing of blue light is an emotionally-laden one, ... often links blue and gray color schemes to the existential crises of his characters in later films, such as Frank in Thief, McCauley in Heat, ... In Heat, the use of blue to tint compositions in Neil McCauleya#39;s shoreline house is redolent of the isolation, lack of fulfilment and risk ofanbsp;...

Title:The Cinema of Michael Mann
Author:Jonathan Rayner
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2013-09-22


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