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The Cinematic World of Michael Mann

Michael Mann’s cinematic world is full of obsessively driven men relentlessly chasing down their targets, men who yearn for intimacy but fear the attachment it may bring. He can also film the hell out of a gun fight. This video explores the many stylistic and thematic motifs that run throughout his films. Despite the broad a range of stories he has told, it is striking how deeply unified they are.

This version of this video is condensed from a more comprehensive video essay that goes even deeper into the themes and characters in Mann’s work. You can view that video here. And if you’re truly a Mann obsessive, you should check out this in depth Michael Mann appreciation blog.