If you look hard enough, you can find a video tribute on just about any notable director currently working today. That said, if you had to name one director whose career could use a proper video retrospective, Michael Mann would be an excellent pick. His filmography is only 12 films deep despite making his debut over 35 years ago, but he’s crafted many distinct worlds in each of his movies and each is always worth revisiting. Vimeo user Alexandre Gasulla has put together a 10-minute montage celebrating the filmmaker’s career, which reminds us why so many hold Mann in such high esteem.
Whether Mann is exploring nighttime cityscapes or having characters ponder their predicaments quietly by an ocean, Gasulla’s tribute demonstrates how closely related his films are. Crime, action, romance, loneliness —these seem to be the common ingredients in a Mann film, often with characters who always find themselves in circumstances they can’t break free from. And yet, despite cultivating such an easily recognizable style, the director always manages to find a way to have each film be distinct from each other.
Check out the montage below.