The Michael Mann Guide to Crime (Originally published on Movie Mezzanine's THE BALCONY)
If the work of Michael Mann can be identified by anything it’s a meticulousness and almost obsessive pursuit for authenticity. In a filmmaking resume that has often forayed into the world of professional criminals he’s inadvertently provided some stellar advice on how to keep that ‘heat’ from coming around the corner.
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Mann’s specific cultural and historic origins are illustrated in the formal qualities and thematic philosophy of the ‘70s and this is represented directly through his characters (Bergman particularly in this film). During the 1968-1980 period American films began to speak about different hallmarks of the deconstruction of the American image, and especially the crisis of masculinity.