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This is a Visual History Recording

Visual History with Michael Mann

Interviewed by: Jay D. Roth, Jeremy Kagan

Director Michael Mann looks back on his 45-year career as a film and television director by discussing his filmography (The Insider, Heat, and The Last of the Mohicans), sharing his philosophical perspective on filmmaking, and detailing his tenure as a leader in the Guild.

On the One Magical Take

Mann believes that for any given scene, there is “one magical take” and shares how he saves it for the camera.

On Service to the Guild

Mann discusses his involvement in the Creative Rights Committee at the Guild and why he believes so strongly in the filmmaking being a director’s medium.

On The Insider

Mann describes how opening his film The Insider in media res allowed him to drive the tension of protagonist Lowell Bergman from the outset of the film.