The Heat Around the Corner: The LA Films of Michael Mann

This one day class will explore the Los Angeles films of Michael Mann: Heat (1995), Collateral (2004), and the made-for-television film L.A. Takedown (1989).

January 28, 2018

Director Michael Mann was born and raised in Chicago, but you'd be forgiven for thinking that he lived in L.A. his whole life. His epic masterpiece Heat (1995), a multi-character cops and robbers neo-noir, effortlessly weaves the city's environment into the narrative. Collateral (2004) is a nighttime odyssey through a layer of humid, vapor fog. But both of these classic films are pre-dated by a rarely seen made-for-tv movie, LA Takedown (1989)- a trial run for Heat (several scenes, including the iconic coffee meeting, are still intact). John Trafton will explore this unique trilogy through clips, commentary, and conversation, working to unearth what it is about Mann's poetic realist environment that has gone on to influence many films, including Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight.


Sunday, January 28, 2018

SIFF Film Center

Single Session Class 2:00 PM

Class Specifics:
Sunday, January 28, 2018
2:00PM - 5:00PM
SIFF Film Center
$20 | $15 SIFF Members

Class Workload:
A familiarity with these films is recommended (L.A. Takedown is available at Scarecrow Video on Reg 2 DVD while Heat and Collateral are widely available). Suggested readings may be emailed in advance of the class

About the Instructor:
John Trafton is a film historian and writer from the Seattle area. He is the author of several works on cinema history, including the book "The American Civil War and the Hollywood War Film." His work focuses on how history is portrayed on film, war and cinema, the Horror genre, and pre-cinema spectacle art. He has a PhD in Film Studies from the University of St. Andrews, and has taught cinema on both sides of the Atlantic for over six years. He is currently a Lecturer in Film Studies at Seattle University.