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Watch: 2-Minute Visual Essay On Michael Mann's 'Thief'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 22, 2014 3:08 PM
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How much do we like "Thief"? Let us count the ways. The Criterion Collection edition of the film released at the beginning of the year gave us an excuse to do a full retrospective on the filmmaker, and we had the pleasure of an extensive interview with Mann about the movie itself. The director's rain-slicked 1981 sizzler is still an influence to this day and one of his top-tier works, and if you haven't seen it—or are already a fan and just want to appreciate it again—here's a way you can do just that.

Interview: Michael Mann Talks Making 'Thief,' The Importance Of Authenticity & What's Coming In His Next Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 6, 2014 12:01 PM
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Thief Michael Mann
From the opening moments of “Thief”—which features a clockwork heist sequence that would make “Rififi” director Jules Dassin stand up and applaud—it’s clear you’re in the hands of a master storyteller. With some documentary work and TV movie “The Jericho Mile” already under his belt, for his debut feature film, Michael Mann’s command of atmosphere and character arrives fully formed, with “Thief” staking a high bar that the filmmaker would leap from in his films for years to come.

Retrospective: The Films Of Michael Mann

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 14, 2014 1:12 PM
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The Films of Michael Mann
In 33 years of filmmaking, director Michael Mann has only made 10 theatrically-released feature-length films. Averaging one every three years (with two long gaps of about six years—we're reaching the end of the second now), his un-prolific nature is perhaps due to meticulous and exhausting research processes and character explorations which often lead to completed screenplays ... only for him to abandon them when he finds something amiss. “I only do films I truly believe in,” Michael Mann said in a 1990s interview expressing frustration with his somewhat unproductive pace and yet simultaneously articulating the vital quality that makes him the filmmaker we know today. It's the sort of thing many directors might say, but Mann, more than many others, has the courage of his convictions and the resulting short but blazing filmography to back up his sincerity.

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