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Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer of film and television. He is best known for his distinctive brand of stylized crime drama.[1] For his work, he has received nominations from international organizations and juries, including those at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Cannes and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. His most acclaimed works are the crime film Heat (1995) and the docudrama The Insider (1999). Total Film ranked Mann No. 28 on its list of the 100 Greatest Directors Ever,[2] Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound
ranked him No. 5 on their list of the 10 Best Directors of the Last 25 Years,[3] and Entertainment Weekly ranked Mann No. 8 on their 25 Greatest Active Film Directors list.[4]

Contents

1 Early life and education 2 Career

2.1 1960s–1970s 2.2 1980s 2.3 1990s 2.4 2000s 2.5 2010s

3 Filming style 4 Advertising 5 Filmography

5.1 Feature films 5.2 Television

6 Reception

6.1 Critical reception 6.2 Awards and honors

7 References

7.1 Bibliography

8 External links

8.1 Interviews

Early life and education[edit]

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Mann was born February 5, 1943, in Chicago, Illinois
Illinois
to a family of Russian Jewish
Jewish
ancestry.[5] He is the son of grocers Esther and Jack Mann.[6][7] He received a B.A. in English at the University of Wisconsin–Madison[8] where he developed interests in history, philosophy and architecture. It was at this time that he saw Stanley Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove
Dr. Strangelove
and fell in love with movies. In a recent L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
interview, he describes the film's impact on him: "It said to my whole generation of filmmakers that you could make an individual statement of high integrity and have that film be successfully seen by a mass audience all at the same time. In other words, you didn't have to be making Seven Brides for Seven Brothers if you wanted to work in the mainstream film industry, or be reduced to niche filmmaking if you wanted to be serious about cinema. So that's what Kubrick meant, aside from the fact that Strangelove was a revelation." His daughter Ami Canaan Mann is also a film director and producer. Career[edit]

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1960s–1970s[edit] Mann later moved to London in the mid 1960s to go to graduate school in cinema. He went on to receive a graduate degree at the London Film School in 1967.[9] He spent seven years in the United Kingdom going to film school and then working on commercials along with contemporaries Alan Parker, Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott
and Adrian Lyne. In 1968, footage he shot of the Paris student revolt for a documentary, Insurrection, aired on NBC's First Tuesday news program and he developed his '68 experiences into the short film Jaunpuri which won the Jury Prize at Cannes in 1970. Mann returned to United States after divorcing his first wife in 1971. He went on to direct a road trip documentary, 17 Days Down the Line. Three years later, Hawaii Five-O veteran Robert Lewin gave Mann a shot and a crash course on television writing and story structure. Mann wrote four episodes of Starsky and Hutch
Starsky and Hutch
(three in the first series and one in the second) and the pilot episode for Vega$. Around this time, he worked on a show called Police Story with cop-turned-novelist Joseph Wambaugh. Police Story concentrated on the detailed realism of a real cop's life and taught Mann that first-hand research was essential to bring authenticity to his work. His first feature movie was a television special called The Jericho Mile, which was released theatrically in Europe. It won the Emmy
Emmy
for best MOW in 1979 and the DGA Best Director award. 1980s[edit] His television work also includes being the executive producer on Miami Vice
Miami Vice
and Crime Story. Contrary to popular belief, he was not the creator of these shows, but the executive producer and showrunner. They were produced by his production company and his cinematic influence is felt throughout each show in terms of casting and style. Mann is now known primarily as a feature film director. He has a distinctive style that is reflected in his works: his trademarks are intricate scene setups, during Miami Vice
Miami Vice
to such an extent that a whole scene was completely color-coordinated, from props to backgrounds to actors' wardrobes, as well as powerfully-lit night scenes and combining exterior filming in such a way that shots of completely unrelated filming locations can appear as being of the same building or landmark. In terms of sound, he is known for unusual scores, such as Tangerine Dream in Thief or the new-age score to Manhunter. Dante Spinotti is a frequent cinematographer of Mann's pictures. Mann's first cinema feature as director was Thief (1981) starring James Caan, a relatively accurate depiction of thieves that operated in New York City and Chicago
Chicago
at that time. Mann used actual former professional burglars to keep the technical scenes as genuine as possible. His next film The Keep (1983), a supernatural thriller set in Nazi-occupied Romania, was an uncharacteristic choice.[original research?] Though it was a commercial flop, the film has since attained cult status amongst fans.[citation needed] In 1986, Mann was the first to bring Thomas Harris' character of serial killer Hannibal Lecter
Hannibal Lecter
to the screen with Manhunter, his adaptation of the novel Red Dragon, which starred Brian Cox as a more down-to-earth Hannibal. In an interview on the Manhunter DVD, star William Petersen
William Petersen
comments that because Mann is so focused on his creations, it takes several years for him to complete a film; Petersen believes that this is why Mann does not make films very often.[10] 1990s[edit] He gained widespread recognition in 1992 for his film adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's novel into the epic film Last of the Mohicans. His biggest critical successes in the 1990s began with the release of Heat in 1995 and The Insider in 1999. The films, which featured Al Pacino with Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro
in Heat and Russell Crowe
Russell Crowe
in The Insider, showcased Mann's cinematic style and adeptness at creating rich, complex storylines as well as directing actors. The Insider was nominated for seven Academy Awards
Academy Awards
as a result, including a nomination for Mann's direction. 2000s[edit] With his next film, Ali (2001), starring Will Smith, he started experimenting with digital cameras, while Smith was nominated for an Academy Award
Academy Award
for his performance. For his crime film Collateral, which cast Tom Cruise
Tom Cruise
against type by giving him the role of a hitman, Mann shot all of the exterior scenes digitally so that he could achieve more depth and detail during the night scenes while shooting most of the interiors on film stock. In 2004, Mann produced The Aviator, based on the life of Howard Hughes, which he had developed with Leonardo DiCaprio. The Aviator was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture but lost to Million Dollar Baby. After Collateral, Mann directed the film adaptation of Miami Vice
Miami Vice
which he also executive produced. It stars a completely new cast with Colin Farrell as Don Johnson's character Sonny Crockett, and Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx
filling Philip Michael Thomas' shoes. Mann served as a producer with Peter Berg
Peter Berg
as director for The Kingdom and Hancock. Hancock stars Will Smith
Will Smith
as a hard-drinking superhero who has fallen out of favor with the public and who begins to have a relationship with the wife (Charlize Theron) of a public relations expert (Jason Bateman), who is helping him to repair his image. Mann also makes a cameo appearance in the film as an executive. In the fall of 2007, Mann directed two commercials for Nike. The ad campaign "Leave Nothing" features football action scenes with former NFL players Shawne Merriman
Shawne Merriman
and Steven Jackson.[11] In 2009, Mann wrote and directed Public Enemies for Universal Pictures, about the Depression-era crime wave, based on Brian Burrough's nonfiction book, Public Enemies: America's Greatest Crime Wave and the Birth of the FBI, 1933–34. It starred Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
and Christian Bale.[12] Depp played John Dillinger
John Dillinger
in the film, and Bale played Melvin Purvis, the FBI agent in charge of capturing Dillinger. 2010s[edit] In January 2010 it was reported by Variety that Mann, alongside David Milch, would serve as co-executive producer of new TV series Luck. The series was an hour-long HBO
HBO
production, and Mann directed the series' pilot.[13] Although initially renewed for a second season after the airing of the pilot, it was eventually cancelled due to the death of three horses during production. On February 14, 2013, it was announced that Mann had been developing an untitled thriller film with screenwriter Morgan Davis Foehl for over a year, for Legendary Pictures.[14] In May 2013, Mann started filming the thriller, named Blackhat, in Los Angeles, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong and Jakarta.[15] The film, starring Chris Hemsworth
Chris Hemsworth
as a hacker who gets released from prison to pursue a cyberterrorist across the globe, was released on January 16, 2015 by Universal.[16] It was a critical and commercial disaster, although many critics included it in their year-end "best-of" lists.[17] In January 2015, it was reported in The New Yorker
The New Yorker
that Mann is developing a film about Ferrari
Ferrari
founder Enzo Ferrari.[18] Christian Bale was originally cast to play the title character, but later dropped out citing health concerns over the weight gain required to play the role.[19] Financing is coming from Vendian Entertainment in the United States and China's Bliss Media.[20] Distribution rights have already been purchased by Paramount for the US and Bliss Media for China.[21] Filming style[edit]

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Mann's films often feature male protagonists, usually highly gifted and independent-minded professionals who struggle to reconcile their mental lives with the demands, both benign and malign, of the exterior world. Importantly, his films often involve a tragic rather than a happy ending, such as in Miami Vice, when of the two undercover police officers, one has his girlfriend (also an undercover officer) come out of a coma and the other tearfully separates from his romantic interest. Mann's films contain fast-paced, artful scenes that strongly depend on powerful music, where often two opposing sides intermix, such as undercover policework and undercover drug trafficking, so that it is hard to distinguish between the two. For example, in Heat, the police detective invites the criminal to meet for coffee, where they discuss their affairs like old business partners. Often it is hard to distinguish between opposing sides (police vs. criminals, etc.), where the actions, dress, and mannerisms of the characters are extremely similar. Also, Mann's work often involves landscapes and modes where the heroic protagonists occupy a somewhat secret world, away from ordinary concerns (law, life and death, money, daily-life survival duties, family duties, and so on), where the secret world may or may not coincide with ordinary reality. Protagonists often find impassioned romantic interests which are severed under tragic situations near the end of the film (Last of the Mohicans, Heat, Collateral, Miami Vice, Public Enemies). Overall, Mann's films mix artistry (via music, stylishness and emotional intensity) with strong violence and noir-like stoicism. Advertising[edit]

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Mann directed the 2002 "Lucky Star" advertisement for Mercedes-Benz, which took the form of a film trailer for a purported thriller featuring Benicio del Toro. Mann also directed the 2008 promotional video for Ferrari's California sports car. In 2009 Mann also directed a commercial for Nike that featured several stylistic cues, most notably the use of "Promontory" from the soundtrack of The Last of the Mohicans. Filmography[edit] Feature films[edit]

Year Title Credited as

Director Screenwriter Producer

1978 Straight Time

Yes

1981 Thief Yes Yes

1983 The Keep Yes Yes

1986 Manhunter Yes Yes

Band of the Hand

Yes

1992 The Last of the Mohicans Yes Yes Yes

1995 Heat Yes Yes Yes

1999 The Insider Yes Yes Yes

2001 Ali Yes Yes Yes

2004 Collateral Yes

Yes

The Aviator

Yes

2006 Miami Vice Yes Yes Yes

2007 The Kingdom

Yes

2008 Hancock

Yes

2009 Public Enemies Yes Yes Yes

2011 Texas Killing Fields

Yes

2015 Blackhat Yes Yes Yes

2019 Enzo Ferrari Yes

Yes

Television[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes

Director Screenwriter Producer

1976 Bronk

Yes

Gibbsville

Yes

1975–1977 Starsky and Hutch

Yes

1976–1978 Police Story

Yes

1977 Police Woman Yes

Episode directed: "The Buttercup Killer"

1979 The Jericho Mile Yes Yes

television film (teleplay)

1980 Swan Song

Yes

TV film

1978–1981 Vega$

Yes

creator

1984–1990 Miami Vice

Yes Yes executive producer Episode written: "Golden Triangle"

1986–1988 Crime Story Yes Yes Yes executive producer Episode directed: "Top of the World" (1987)

1989 L.A. Takedown Yes Yes Yes TV film, executive producer

1990 Drug Wars: The Camarena Story

Yes Yes TV mini-series

1992 Drug Wars: The Cocaine Cartel

Yes Yes TV film, executive producer

2002–2003 Robbery Homicide Division

Yes Yes executive producer

2011–2012 Luck Yes

Yes executive producer Episode directed: "Pilot" (2011)

Reception[edit] Critical reception[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic

Thief 95%[22] N/A

The Keep 31%[23] N/A

Manhunter 94%[24] 78[25]

The Last of the Mohicans 97%[26] N/A

Heat 86%[27] 76[28]

The Insider 96%[29] 84[30]

Ali 67%[31] 65[32]

Collateral 86%[33] 71[34]

Miami Vice 47%[35] 65[36]

Public Enemies 68%[37] 70[38]

Blackhat 34% 51

Average 72.8% 70

Awards and honors[edit]

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Mann received an Emmy
Emmy
in 1979 for Outstanding Writing in a Limited Series or a Special
Special
for The Jericho Mile. The following year he was honored by the Directors Guild of America
Directors Guild of America
for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for The Jericho Mile. In 1990, he won another Emmy
Emmy
for Outstanding Miniseries for Drug Wars: The Camarena Story. Mann was the recipient of the Humanitas Prize
Humanitas Prize
and the Writers Guild of America's Paul Selvin Award in 2000 for The Insider. In 2005, he received the BAFTA Film Award for co-producing The Aviator. To date he has received four Academy Award
Academy Award
nominations: in 2000, the Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Motion Picture of the Year all for The Insider, in 2005 Mann received a nomination for co-producing Martin Scorsese's The Aviator. References[edit]

^ Editors. "Michael Mann". Encyclopedia Britannica. Retrieved 18 November 2017.  ^ "The Greatest Directors Ever". Total Film. August 20, 2007. Retrieved May 20, 2008.  ^ [1] Archived March 12, 2012, at the Wayback Machine. ^ "25 Greatest Active Film Directors". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 19, 2009.  ^ Brooks, Xan (February 13, 2002). "Ali likes the film a lot. He's seen it six times". The Guardian. London. Retrieved May 12, 2010.  ^ " Michael Mann
Michael Mann
Biography (1943-)".  ^ Michael Mann
Michael Mann
Biography TVGuide.com ^ Wildermuth, p. 2 ^ " Michael Mann
Michael Mann
bio". NNDB.  ^ Inside Manhunter: Interviews with stars William Petersen, Joan Allen, Brian Cox, and Tom Noonan ^ Atkinson, Claire (October 27, 2007). "Sure, He can Direct Movies, but Can He Do Commercials?". New York Times. Retrieved September 9, 2008.  ^ Garrett, Diane (December 5, 2007). " Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp
goes Public". Variety. Retrieved December 4, 2007.  ^ Fleming, Michael (January 5, 2010). "Mann, Milch in Luck with HBO". Variety. Retrieved May 26, 2010.  ^ Kroll, Justin (February 14, 2013). "Mann, Hemsworth team for Legendary thriller". Variety. Retrieved February 14, 2013.  ^ "Cyber (2015) – Filming Locations". IMDB.com. June 5, 2014. Retrieved June 5, 2014.  ^ Richard Brody, "The Odd Shadow Over Michael Mann's New Movie," The New Yorker, January 16, 2015. ^ Dietz, Jason (6 December 2015). "Best of 2015: Film Critic Top Ten Lists". Metacritic. CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved 12 February 2016.  ^ Tad Friend, "Amygdala Report," The New Yorker, January 26, 2015. ^ Child, Ben (2016-01-18). " Christian Bale
Christian Bale
abandons Enzo Ferrari biopic over weight gain fears". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-03-18.  ^ Jaafar, Ali. " Christian Bale
Christian Bale
Exits Michael Mann's 'Enzo Ferrari,' Balks At Weight Gain". Deadline. Retrieved 2016-03-18.  ^ "Paramount swoops on 'Enzo Ferrari'". www.screendaily.com. Retrieved 2016-03-18.  ^ "Thief – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "The Keep – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "Manhunter – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "Manhunter Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "The Last of the Mohicans – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "Heat – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "Heat Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "The Insider – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "The Insider Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "Ali – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "Ali Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "Collateral – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "Collateral Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ " Miami Vice
Miami Vice
– Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ " Miami Vice
Miami Vice
Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "Public Enemies – Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved March 20, 2012.  ^ "Public Enemies Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved March 20, 2012. 

Bibliography[edit]

Wildermuth, Mark E. (2005). Blood in the Moonlight: Michael Mann
Michael Mann
and Information Age Cinema (Paperback Ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Company and Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-2059-9. F. X. Feeney, Paul Duncan (2006). Michael Mann
Michael Mann
(Hardcover Ed.) Taschen. ISBN 978-3-8228-3141-0. Cadieux, Axel (2015). L'Horizon de Michael Mann, Playlist Society.

External links[edit]

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Interviews[edit]

Entertainment Weekly: Part I Part II L.A. Weekly DGA magazine Salon "Paint It Black" – Sight and Sound

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Films directed by Michael Mann

The Jericho Mile (1979) Thief (1981) The Keep (1983) Manhunter (1986) L.A. Takedown
L.A. Takedown
(1989) The Last of the Mohicans (1992) Heat (1995) The Insider (1999) Ali (2001) Collateral (2004) Miami Vice
Miami Vice
(2006) Public Enemies (2009) Blackhat (2015)

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Primetime Emmy
Emmy
Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special

Michael Mann
Michael Mann
and Patrick Nolan (1979) David Chase
David Chase
(1980) Arthur Miller
Arthur Miller
(1981) Barry Morrow (1982) Marshall Herskovitz
Marshall Herskovitz
and Edward Zwick
Edward Zwick
(1983) William Hanley (1984) Vickie Patik (1985) Ron Cowen, Daniel Lipman, Sherman Yellen and David Butler (1986) Kenneth Blackwell, Tennyson Flowers and Richard Friedenberg (1987) William Hanley (1988) Ron Hutchison, Abby Mann and Robin Vote (1989) Terrence McNally
Terrence McNally
(1990) Andrew Davies (1991) Joshua Brand and John Falsey (1992) Jane Anderson (1993) Bob Randall (1994) Alison Cross (1995) Simon Moore (1996) Horton Foote (1997) Kario Salem (1998) Ann Peacock (1999) David Mills and David Simon
David Simon
(2000) Loring Mandel (2001) Larry Ramin and Hugh Whitemore (2002) William H. Macy
William H. Macy
and Steven Schachter (2003) Tony Kushner
Tony Kushner
(2004) Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (2005) Richard Curtis
Richard Curtis
(2006) Frank Deasy (2007) Kirk Ellis (2008) Andrew Davies (2009) Adam Mazer (2010) Julian Fellowes
Julian Fellowes
(2011) Danny Strong
Danny Strong
(2012) Abi Morgan (2013) Steven Moffat
Steven Moffat
(2014) Jane Anderson (2015) D.V. DeVincentis (2016) Charlie Brooker
Charlie Brooker
(2017)

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Satellite Award for Best Director

Joel Coen (1996) James Cameron
James Cameron
(1997) Terrence Malick
Terrence Malick
(1998) Michael Mann
Michael Mann
(1999) Steven Soderbergh
Steven Soderbergh
(2000) Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann
(2001) Todd Haynes
Todd Haynes
(2002) Jim Sheridan (2003) Mel Gibson
Mel Gibson
(2004) Ang Lee
Ang Lee
(2005) Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood
(2006) Joel Coen and Ethan Coen (2007) Danny Boyle
Danny Boyle
(2008) Kathryn Bigelow
Kathryn Bigelow
(2009) David Fincher
David Fincher
(2010) Nicolas Winding Refn
Nicolas Winding Refn
(2011) David O. Russell
David O. Russell
(2012) Steve McQueen (2013) Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater
(2014) Tom McCarthy (2015) Kenneth Lonergan
Kenneth Lonergan
(2016) Jordan Peele
Jordan Peele
(2017)

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