By Marty Mulrooney
The director that I have chosen as the basis of my auteur thesis in this article is American director Michael Mann, who is also a screenwriter and producer. He made several made-for-television films, before his debut film Thief in 1981. This launched a film career spanning over 20 years to the present day, with his last film being Miami Vice, released in 2006. Miami Vice is itself a re-invention of a cult television show of the same name that Mann produced from 1984 to 1990, amounting to 110 shows altogether.
The topic of the auteur is now much more dominant than it has ever been, with the word sometimes being overused. But does it apply to Michael Mann? Continue reading