Aneesh Chaganty

Movie #50 Thief

In Uncategorized on November 10, 2010 at 11:10 PM

Movie #50 Thief

(1981, US, d. Michael Mann)

Mann’s debut film doesn’t have the energy or the attraction of his later crime films, most notably Heat. Although marketed as a heist film, I thought the action of this film didn’t even compare to the dialogue, particularly that of the scene pictured above. Mann is known for immersing himself in films like very few directors, so naturally every frame has meaning to it. But he also has a very delicate way with his dialogue that allows his characters to say exactly what they are thinking and not seem melodramatic or out of character. It contrasts a lot with the actual world these characters occupy but that’s what makes Mann’s style so exquisite.

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