The Three Roles Architecture Performs in Michael Mann Crime Films

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"You can ball my wife if she wants you to, you can lounge 
around here on her sofa in her ex-husband’s dead-tech, 
post-modernistic, bullshit house if you want to, 
but you do not get to watch my fucking television set."

(Mann, M., ‘Heat’ 1995)

Michael Mann has cultivated a distinctive directorial style throughout his filmmaking career. This style relies on many techniques and one of the most important is his use of architecture. More so than merely stating the location of a scene, in a house, in an office, at the railway yards, in LA’s South Central or New York’s Upper West Side, etc, Mann carefully uses domestic, commercial and industrial architecture as well as infrastructure, streetscapes and cityscapes to reflect and enhance his character’s traits and unspoken tendencies. Continue reading “The Three Roles Architecture Performs in Michael Mann Crime Films”