I saw Thief
, end of last month. This is how it made me feel;
Manhunter is a film that rises in my estimation every time I think of it or catch another glance at it. That clinical excellence, a kind of cinematic shorthand and a clipped vocabulary is on show here as well. I like Michael Mann before he bought a thesaurus.
My point being Mann does the same things again in Heat
, just twice (pro thief and pro cop).
Yeah, criminal artisan is something Thief
share, and share with the JP Melville crime films. The driving sequences of Drive
had the same aesthetic as Mann's Collateral
for me, those streets probably lend it that, although Friedkin's To Live and Die in LA
seems to take place in a much dustier, dirtier city.