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Michael Mann Cinema And TelevisionInterviews, 1980-2012$
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Steven Sanders and R. Barton Palmer

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748693542

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748693542.001.0001

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Michael Mann Cinema And Television

John Patterson

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter presents an interview with Michael Mann, who talks about his 2009 film Public Enemies. Starring Johnny Depp in the title role, Public Enemies is a gripping account of John Dillinger's criminal career. Dillinger was shot down by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, after which he emerged as a bona fide American folk hero and, adds Mann, a national hero as well. Mann's decision to shoot Public Enemies digitally has evoked some anger and confusion among viewers who saw the movie early on and claimed that it takes the spectator out of the illusion of period reality. One associates digital photography more with Mann's steel-and-glass contemporary works such as Heat, The Insider, and Collateral, but not with the largely brick-and-wood environments of the 1930s rural midwest. Mann remains unapologetic, insisting that ‘Digital makes things feel more real’.

Keywords:   interview, Michael Mann, film, Public Enemies, Johnny Depp, John Dillinger, digital photography

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