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The Cinema of Michael MannVice and Vindication$
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Jonathan Rayner

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167291

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167291.001.0001

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Mann’s Style

Mann’s Style

The Jericho Mile, L.A. Takedown, Miami Vice

(p.23) Chapter One Mann’s Style
The Cinema of Michael Mann

Jonathan Rayner

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses Michael Mann's visual style, and presents three of his films, specifically The Jericho Mile (1979), L.A. Takedown (1989), and Miami Vice (2006). In the context of American filmmaking from the 1970s to the present, Mann's visual style can be seen as influential and distinctive as well as contemporary and representative. His style has absorbed and deployed the self-conscious and subjective, realist and distancing techniques of art film alongside heightened and intensified, affective and visceral narrative techniques of the contemporary mainstream, in which his films are produced and consumed. The Jericho Mile's examination of the criminal mentality, depiction of institutionalised masculinity, critique of establishment pressures, portrait of wilful examination, and charting of a tragic trajectory all anticipate the repeated scrutiny of these themes and motifs in Mann's later films, including L.A. Takedown and Miami Vice.

Keywords:   visual style, The Jericho Mile, L.A. Takedown, Miami Vice, American filmmaking, art film, contemporary mainstream, crime films

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