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Michael Mann - Cinema and Television

Interviews, 1980-2012

Steven Sanders, R. Barton Palmer

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A reader containing 16 selected interviews with Mann

This reader is the first to bring together a selection of Mann's own interviews where he reflects on his film and television productions. The sixteen interviews provide historical context, interpretation and evaluation of the auteur's work. They encompass his entire career as a feature filmmaker and television producer/director as he and others reflect on his themes, working methods, artistic development and career achievements. The book aims to open up Mann's body of work, making it available for comparison with the work of his contemporaries, and to provide fresh insights into his film and television work. A substantive introductory essay, chronology and filmography provide additional bases for understanding the interviews, essays and work of this major filmmaker.

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Introduction: Michael Mann in His Interviews, Steven Sanders
1. Four Minute Mile, Julian Fox
2. Castle Keep, Harlan Kennedy
3. Of Vice and Mann, Art Harris
4. Manhunter: An Interview with Michael Mann, Alain Charlot and Marc Toullec
5. Michael Mann: Hollywood Writer-Director-Producer, Graham Fuller
6. Mann and His Movies, Jonathan Romney
7. All the Corporations’ Men, Michael Sragow
8. Smoking Gun, Stuart Husband
9. “Ali Likes the Film a Lot, He’s Seen it Six Times”, Xan Brooks
10. Paint it Black, Mark Olsen
11. Mann Among Men, Michael Sragow
12. L.A. Belongs to the Coyotes, Leif Kramp
13. Michael Mann Interview, John Maguire
14. A Mann’s Man’s World, Scott Foundas
15. Number One with a Bullet, John Patterson
16. The Study of Mann, F.X. Feeney

About the Author

He is the author of the philosophical monograph Miami Vice (2005), editor of The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film (2008), a contributor to Film Noir: the Directors 2012), A Companion to Film Noir (2013), and co-editor of Hitchcock's Moral Gaze (2017).

R. Barton Palmer is the Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University, where he directs the film studies program. He is the author, editor, or general editor of many books including Hollywood’s Dark Cinema: The American Film Noir (1994), After Hitchcock: Influence, Imitation, and Intertextuality (2006), and A Little Solitaire: John Frankenheimer and American Film (2011).


Editors Sanders and Palmer have expertly and artfully drawn together an essential volume of conversation and commentary in which we are offered a meaningful engagement with the compelling ways in which Michael Mann makes moving images of subtlety and force, and in his work achieves a rare coupling of emotional intensity and intellectual nuance. Mann is deserving of much critical attention and this lively and engrossing collection goes some distance in helping readers and viewers appreciate anew his unique achievements as a creator of enduring, culturally resonant, television and film.

- David LaRocca, Cornell University and the College at Cortland, State University of New York