Item description for Michael Mann (Taschen Film) by F X Feeney...
Over the course of the eight feature films he has directed since 1979, Michael Mann has shown himself, time and again, to be a rigorous, honest dramatist, a maker of solid worlds. So much so that in America, at least, he tends to be underrated. The most respectful of his critics often define him (a bit too simply) as a "realist." Certainly, whether the subject is thievery (The Jericho Mile, Thief, Heat), killers (Manhunter, Collateral), frontier life (The Last of the Mohicans), the nuanced struggle between the news media and corporate money (The Insider), or that of a celebrated athlete looking to find his life's meaning in a world of bigotry (Ali), Mann seeks authenticity above all. Whatever suspense, entertainment value, and emotional or philosophical insight his work may yield rises from a truthfully imagined, painstakingly observed set of human beings and their warring intentions. This book explores Mann's multifaceted oeuvre, including his most recent film, Miami Vice. Made with full access to Michael Mann's archives! The author: F.X. Feeney is a screenwriter and critic based in Los Angeles. His film credits include The Big Brass Ring, based on a story by Orson Welles, and Frankenstein Unbound, directed by Roger Corman, whilst his reviews have appeared in L.A. Weekly and other publications. F.X. is also the author of TASCHEN's Roman Polanski: The Complete Films. The editor: Paul Duncan has seen lots of films and read lots of comics and books. He wanted to share his enthusiasm for these subjects so he published magazines about comics (Ark) and crime fiction (Crime Time) before launching a series of small film guides (Pocket Essentials). He edits film books for TASCHEN and wroteAlfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films and Stanley Kubrick: The Complete Films.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.5" Width: 9.3" Height: 0.9" Weight: 3.1 lbs.
Release Date Sep 5, 2006
ISBN 3822831417 ISBN13 9783822831410
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More About F X Feeney
F. X. Feeney is a screenwriter and critic based in Los Angeles. His film credits include The Big Brass Ring, based on a story by Orson Welles, and Frankenstein Unbound, directed by Roger Corman, whilst his reviews have appeared in L.A. Weekly and other publications. F. X. has also written Taschen's Michael Mann and Roman Polanski.
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A LITTLE SYCOPHANTIC Jun 12, 2007
Mann is a genuinely gifted director, and certainly a polarising one, those who think he's a genius and those who think he's an overrated pretentious artisan. That aside this book asserts he hasn't really made a terrible film which is ludicrous. 'Miami Vice' was one of last years absolute worst films, his 'Ali' bio was an amazing bore considering the subject matter. His last hit was the Tom Cruise starrer 'Collateral' which was seen as a moderate success considering it's star.
Mann has delivered some stunning cinema, it's his combinations of sound and vision that show a true original at work: 'Heat' is one of the best films of the 90's and his adaptation of Thomas Harris' Red Dragon' re-titled 'Manhunter' is vastly influential 80's thriller, far more viscerally in tune with the novel than the more faithful (and prosaic) Brett Ratner movie. 'Last of the Mohicans' is a rousing epic among others. Then there's his curio and perrenial "When will it be on DVD?" cult fave 'The Keep'- eye popping visuals, eerie soundtrack and plot incoherence, he managed to turn F.Paul Wilson's classic gothic horror adventure into a jumbled surreal mess.
This book is typical Taschen quality, with excellent photo's-pity it's so one eyed and toadying to it's subject.
A rock-solid analysis of a truly underappreciated filmmaker. Oct 16, 2006
Being an avid fan of Michael Mann's work, I had been waiting eagerly for this book to arrive ever since I first heard about it some months ago. Now that I have had a chance to digest it, I find it an excellent analysis of his work. This is - first and foremost - what the book sets out to do. It does include biographical information on Mann, but it is by no means a biography. F.X Feeney breaks down each of Mann's films from his earliest documentary ("17 Days Down the Line") up through "Collateral," and devotes generous space to Mann's two major television credits, "Miami Vice" and "Crime Story." For fans of film analysis (as opposed to criticism), this book should deliver in a big way.
The book includes dozens of gorgeous photos from all of the projects Feeney analyzes, a section on editor and Mann collaborator Dov Hoenig where Hoenig offer his insights into Mann and Mann's methods, a brief timeline on Mann, and a complete Mann filmography. The overall package is just as gorgeous as a Mann film, with a sleek slipcover featuring a still from "Heat." I did spot a few typos here and there, which I find slightly annoying in this day and age.
The book does assume that the reader has a bit of working knowledge of each film under analysis, though it does an efficient job summarizing the plots prior to analysis. It is still very accessible for those less familiar with Mann or with his earlier works (such as "The Keep"), but bear in mind that this book is about film analysis, and as such, no plot detail avoids scrutiny. In other words, expect major spoilers.
Personally, I love film analysis, film criticism, and behind-the-scenes anecdotes. From that standpoint, I would have loved to find more of the latter one in the book, given the high level of talent that Mann attracts to his films. But that's hardly a strike against this book. As its presentation and content indicate, this book is very much like Mann's work: straightforward, no-nonsense, intelligent, and fascinating. By letting us into Mann's thought processes and meticulous methods, this book serves as a vindication of sorts for his work. Mann, in my opinion, is a vastly underrated and underappreciated filmmaker, and I hope that enough people will read this book to gain more insight into his films, and perhaps to see his films in a different light.