Heat & Vice

Heat & Vice: The Films of Michael Mann

30 August through 18 September 2019

Film auteur Michael Mann (1943) directed his first feature film The Jericho Mile thirty years ago. High time to offer a comprehensive retrospective of the eleven films he made for the cinema and his two TV films. Plus of course, episodes of TV series directed, written or produced by Mann, including the influential Miami Vice.

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Michael Mann is the masterful chronicler of confident characters striving for greatness, be it criminal or altruistic. From professional thieves Frank (James Caan) and Neil (Robert De Niro) in Thief  and Heat to whistleblower Jeffrey (Russell Crowe) and taxi driver Max (Jamie Foxx) in The Insider and Collateral: his existential loners show mettle and are imbued with a strong sense of honour that leads them directly to heaven or to hell. It is the Chicago-born filmmaker’s great gift that he is able to challenge his viewers by causing them to identify with the heroes as much as with the anti-heroes. Against all odds, Mann kindles understanding and sympathy for the serial killer in Manhunter or the relentless John Dillinger in Public Enemies.

  • Blackhat (2015)

  • Miami Vice (2006)

  • Public Enemies (2009)

born perfectionist

Mann, who majored in English literature, researches his subjects exhaustively and writes and produces all of his films himself. This is how the born perfectionist retains total creative control over the eventual film. Combined with thematic consistency, strong visual style and powerful use of music, it created a unique signature which we are proud to present on the big screen at Eye Filmmuseum in the autumn of 2019.

  • Ali (2001)

  • Thief (1981)

  • Manhunter (1986)

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