AFI - The Directors - Michael Mann
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(Feb 19, 2002)
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Known for his rapid-paced approach to filmmaking, Michael Mann began his illustrious career, working on TV commercials and documentary films. Following his feature debut of THEIF, he has gone on to direct such classics as MANHUNTER, THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS, HEAT, THE INSIDER and the upcoming ALI with Will Smith. He was nominated for an Academy Award© in 2000 as Best Director for THE INSIDER. Actors and collaborators who speak about their work with Mann include Jon Voight, James Belushi, Wes Studi, Madeleine Stowe, William Petersen, Tom Sizemore and others.
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I was particularly pleased to see that Manhunter was given detailed analysis (including an interview with William L Petersen, who is clearly a BIG fan of Mann's work)
I was disappointed however, that perhaps Mann's most interesting movie - "The Keep" - is hardly discussed at all. Whilst it's true that this movie is somewhat obscure and unknown, it would have been useful if they had researched into that particular time in Mann's career in more detail.
Mind you, at this price I should not ask too much, and the coverage of all of his other work is excellent. ALI is not mentioned though really, because I suspect this DVD was in production before ALI filming was complete.
Overall, this DVD product is an essential purchase for any fans of Michael Mann or his movies and despite cutting a couple of corners here and there, it thoroughly deserves the 5 star rating at this bargain price.
All of his feature films are covered and many of the actors he's worked with over the years, from Jon Voight to Christopher Plummer, are interviewed. My only complaint is that it's too short! Clocking in at just under an hour, this documentary barely scratches the surface -- I mean, an entire hour could have been spent on The Insider alone!
That aside, this documentary is a solid introduction to the films of Michael Mann, definitely worth purchasing for the fans and worth a look for people interested in getting into his movies.