Known for restoring vitality and superior craftsmanship to the crime thriller, American filmmaker Michael Mann has long been regarded as a talented triple threat capable of moving effortlessly between television and feature films as a writer, director, and executive producer. His unique visual sense and thematic approach are evident in the Emmy Award-winning The Jericho Mile (1979), the cult favorite The Keep (1983), the American epic The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and the Academy Award-nominated The Insider (1999) as well as his most recent works -- Ali (2001), Miami Vice (2006), and Public Enemies (2009).
The Philosophy of Michael Mann provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the work of this highly accomplished filmmaker, exploring the director's recognizable visual style and the various on-screen and philosophical elements he has tested in his thirty-five-year career. The essays in this wide-ranging book will appeal to fans of the revolutionary filmmaker and to philosophical scholars interested in the themes and conflicts that drive his movies.
Michael Mann and Non-Place: A Nietzschean Element in Mann's Modern Crime Films
Awakened to Chaos: Outsiders in The Jericho Mile and Thief
Do You See? Reflecting on Evil in Manhunter
Mann and Ubermensch: Evil and Power in Manhunter
Blood in the Moonlight: Towards an Aesthetics of Horror in The Keep and Manhunter
Style, Meaning, and Myth in Public Enemies
Interiorization in Public Enemies
Mannerism: Neoclassical Style in the Films of Michael Mann
The Ethics of Contracts, Conscience, and Courage in The Insider
Commodification of the Law: The Disembodiment of Justice in the Films of Michael Mann
Subjectivity and the Ethics of Duty in Michael Mann's Cinema
Natural Man, Natural Rights, and Eros: Conflicting States of Nature and Definitions of Love in The Last of the Mohicans
Emotion, Truth, and Space in Heat
Mann's Biopics and the Methodology of Philosophy: Ali and The Insider
"Although Mann is recognized, both popularly and critically, as a brilliant visual stylist who revitalized the American crime genre in the postmodern era, The Philosophy of Michael Mann is the first scholarly treatment of his oeuvre from a range of philosophical perspectives. Soundly refuting the notion of Mann as a manipulator of surfaces, this volume reveals the subtextual depths and diversity of his feature film career." -- Linda Badley, Middle Tennessee State University
"This is an extremely useful and diverse collection of philosophical musings on one of American cinema's most important contemporary auteurs. The Philosophy of Michael Mann features an impressive line-up of world-renowned film critics, philosophers, literary experts, and Mann scholars -- all illuminating the eclectic range of concepts gestured to throughout his decades of work. A provocative, engaging read for students of cinema and philosophy, as well as fans of the director. If there remains any doubt that Mann is a legitimate auteur of the first order, this collection should put it to rest once and for all." -- Jason Sperb, Northwestern University, author of Blossoms & Blood: Postmodern Media Culture and the Films of Paul Thomas Anderson
"[... ] [The authors] have woven a complex collection of criticism and analysis into a cohesive and satisfying whole that expresses the multiplicity of Mann's oeuvre.
[...] Achieved here, in this rather concise yet wholly expansive book, is something worthy of the attention of not only readers interested in the cinema of Michael Mann, but also those interested in philosophy, history, anthropology, and aesthetic theory. A great read." -- Film Matters