The Cinema of Michael Mann: Vice and Vindication

The Cinema of Michael Mann: Vice and Vindication

by Jonathan Rayner
     
 

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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

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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.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780231850490
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
Publication date:
09/22/2013
Series:
Directors' Cuts
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
240
File size:
4 MB

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Graeme Harper
This volume doesn't simply narrate the story of Mann's films, it provides us with a thoroughly grounded exploration, an informed and passionate study that is as revealing as it is engaging. This is a very impressive critical examination.

Dr. Michael Hammond
In this detailed portrait Rayner has constructed a comprehensive analysis that places Michael Mann's work alongside the important auteurs of the classical period. He makes a convincing case that Mann represents not so much a break with genre bending masters such as Hawks and Ford but a continuity. This is an important addition to the scholarship on Mann and to the work on contemporary American film and television studies.

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Jonathan Rayner is Reader in Film Studies at the University of Sheffield, UK. His publications include The Films of Peter Weir (1998), Contemporary Australian Cinema (2000), The Naval War Film (2007), and Cinema and Landscape (coedited with Graeme Harper, 2010).

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