For more than twenty years, Chicago-born Mann has been making films and producing television programs. He is highly regarded by film critics and cineastes but largely unrecognized by the public at large. And yet, he is responsible for producing one of the most popular TV shows of all time: Miami Vice. Like fellow filmmaker Stanley Kubrick (of whom Mann greatly admires and is sometimes compared to), Mann likes to oversee and control every aspect of his films and push the boundaries of technological innovation in order to achieve his vision. Like, Kubrick, he has a relatively small but memorable output: ten films that contain similar thematic preoccupations and stylistic motifs. That is not to say his films are derivative. Mann has worked in several different genres: the horror film with The Keep (1983), the period drama with The Last of the Mohicans (1992) and the sports biopic with Ali (2001). He is perhaps best known for his work in the urban crime thriller genre of which many of his most celebrated films (Thief, Manhunter, Heat, Collateral) could be classified as such.
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"It's the intensity of the experience, the power of film to make you dream, to take over your nervous system and sweep you away. It's because I love being swept away and I love the power of this medium to do that, intellectually and emotionally." – Michael Mann