Michael Kenneth Mann (Chicago, Illinois, February 5, 1943) is a director, screenwriter and film producer American.


His father, Jack, was a World War II veteran Russian immigrant, and his mother, Esther, was the daughter of a family of Chicago; both operating a grocery shop. Mann was very attached to his father and his paternal grandfather, Sam Mann. Raised in Humboldt Park neighborhood, and as a teenager, was introduced in the emerging musical Chicago blues.

He studied English literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which was an active member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, and developed great devotion to the history, philosophy and architecture. It was at this time when he saw the film Dr. Strangelove in Stanley Kubrick, and fell in love with film. In fact considered this film as a true revelation, as recounted in the Los Angeles Weekly newspaper.

He later studied cinematography at the London’s International Film School, to start his television career in the 1970s as a screenwriter in Starsky and Hutch, Police Story or Bronk, series and directed episodes of the same genus teleseryes as police woman, Angie Dickinson, or Las Vegas. After marrying the Summer Mann painter in 1974 and direct TV free man (1979), with Peter Strauss, and after advertising and documentary, won the prize of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival in 1971 with his short film “Jaunpuri”.

Her first film for cinema was thief, starring James Caan and carried out in 1981. Then would the film horror set in World War II El torreón (1983). His next career success would come hand archiconocida series Miami Vice (Miami Vice), which is creator and producer, and adapted in its film version in 2006. Later, in 1986, lead film the first adaptation of the famous Hannibal Lecter with Manhunter character. His rise and consecration to the film industry, critics and the public occurred after the last Mohawk, in 1992, and was confirmed with Heat in 1995. Since then has been considered one of the best directors in this film both narrative as visual, specialized in thrillers, level but it has also made inroads into the historical film and cinema complaint with titles like the dilemma, which denounces the manipulations of the tobacco industry. His recent projects are Empire (2011) with Will Smith, a drama about the media; The few (2010) with Tom Cruise, set in World War II; and Frankie machine (2010), a thriller Robert De Niro.

Characteristics of their cinema

Mann has a very unique style. In the majority of his films the protagonists are solitary, tenacious and moral values defined, although often non-standard or criminal men. Director usually specially care atmospheres and big cities tend to be almost a character in his films; in this context manages to convey a degree of intimism sight-reading impossible; the scripts are very care.

Widely used colors to narrate their films, as well as far away from the traditional soundtracks and close to the pop music / environmental rock. It should also be noted that as director has directed award-winning and nominated for the Academy Awards actors crowd. Uses digital cameras in high definition which gives his films an unusual realism.

Filmography as director

* 2009: Public Enemies (public enemies).

* 2008: The Few.

* 2008: Damage Control.

* 2007: Arms and the man.

* 2006: Miami Vice.

* 2004: Collateral.

* 2001: Ali.

* 1999: The Insider (the dilemma).

* 1995: Heat.

* 1992: The last Mohawk.

* Crime Story (TV series)

* 1986: Manhunter.

* 1984 – 1989: Miami Vice (TV).

* 1983: The Keep (the Tower).

* 1981: Thief.

* 1979: The Jericho Mile (TV).

* 1978: Vega$ (TV series).

* Police Woman (TV series).

* 1972: 17 Days Down the Line (short film).

* 1971: Jaunpuri (short film).


Academy Awards

Category              Film        Result

Best film              Dilemma              Nominated

Best Director      Dilemma              Nominated

Best adapted screenplay              Dilemma              Nominated

Cannes Festival

Category              Film        Result

Golden Palm      Thief      Nominated