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The Philosophy of Michael Mann
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Known for restoring vitality and superior craftsmanship to the crime thriller, American filmmaker Michael Mann has long been regarded as a talented triple threat capable of moving effortlessly between television and feature films as a writer, director, and executive producer. His unique visual sense and thematic approach are evident in the Emmy Award-winning The Jericho Mile (1979), the cult favorite The Keep (1983), the American epic The Last of the Mohicans (1992), and the Academy Award-nominated The Insider (1999) as well as his most recent works -- Ali (2001), Miami Vice (2006), and Public Enemies (2009).

The Philosophy of Michael Mann provides an up-to-date and comprehensive account of the work of this highly accomplished filmmaker, exploring the director's recognizable visual style and the various on-screen and philosophical elements he has tested in his thirty-five-year career. The essays in this wide-ranging book will appeal to fans of the revolutionary filmmaker and to philosophical scholars interested in the themes and conflicts that drive his movies.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright Page
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  1. Contents
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  1. An Introduction to the Philosophy of Michael Mann
  2. Steven Sanders
  3. pp. 1-13
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  1. Michael Mann and Nonplace
  2. Robert Arnett
  3. pp. 14-30
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  1. "Awakened to Chaos"
  2. R. Barton Palmer
  3. pp. 31-50
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  1. Existential Mann
  2. Steven Sanders
  3. pp. 51-65
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  1. "Do You See?"
  2. Aeon J. Skoble
  3. pp. 66-73
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  1. Mann and Ubermensch
  2. David Sterritt
  3. pp. 74-89
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  1. "Blood in the Moonlight"
  2. Ivo Ritzerv
  3. pp. 90-103
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  1. Style, Meaning, and Myth in Public Enemies
  2. Steven Rybin
  3. pp. 104-118
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  1. Interiorization in Public Enemies
  2. Murray Pomerance
  3. pp. 119-140
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  1. Mannerism
  2. Tom Paulus and Vito Adriaensens
  3. pp. 141-159
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  1. The Ethics of Contracts, Conscience, and Courage in The Insider
  2. David LaRocca
  3. pp. 160-180
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  1. The Commodification of Justice
  2. Mark Wildermuth
  3. pp. 181-199
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  1. Subjectivity and the Ethics of Duty in Michael Mann's Cinema
  2. Aga Skrodzka
  3. pp. 200-214
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  1. Natural Man, Natural Rights, and Eros
  2. Alan Woolfolk
  3. pp. 215-226
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  1. Emotion, Truth, and Space in Heat
  2. Jonah Corne
  3. pp. 227-243
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  1. Mann's Biopics and the Methodology of Philosophy
  2. David Rodríguez-Ruiz
  3. pp. 244-256
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  1. Acknowledgments
  2. pp. 257-258
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 259-264
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 265-275
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  1. Series Page
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