Great Job, Internet!: Spend an evening with Michael Mann via this 77-minute YouTube clip

Earlier this month, BAMcinématek in New York hosted a weeklong retrospective of the films of Michael Mann. As part of the celebration of the filmmaker and his work, Mann sat down with critic Bilge Ebiri to discuss his career.

Over the 77 minutes featured in the YouTube clip below, Mann reveals that the streets of Chicago inspired the “MTV aesthetic” of 1981’s Thief, he almost used a blues score for that film instead of Tangerine Dream, and it’s the amount of research he does that makes his characters feel so real.

The director also delves into shooting for 19 days in Folsom Prison for his first feature, The Jericho Mile, which was released to television in 1979. As he tells Ebiri, “Eddie Bunker, who was an old time Los Angeles bank robber, put us in contact with Black Gorilla, M.A., Bluebird, and was able to negotiate an …

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