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Watch: Michael Mann As a Master of Digital Filmmaking in ‘Public Enemies’

Watch: Michael Mann As a Master of Digital Filmmaking in 'Public Enemies'

In this installment of “The Unloved,” a series of video essays for RogerEbert.com on films which didn’t necessarily find widespread critical acceptance on their delivery, Scout Tafoya takes up ‘Public Enemies,’ Michael Mann’s voyage to the 1930s gangster universe of John Dillinger and his ilk. Tafoya emphasizes the degree to which Mann made digital cinematography his own in the film, an interesting point and one which, if applied properly, could be a mind-changer in looking at this less popular of Mann’s films. At the time the film was released, Press Play published Nelson Carvajal’s gangster movie homage, whose text accompaniment a skeptical eye on the film’s chances—this video piece by Tafoya might encourage those who shared that skepticism to give the film a second look. 

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