Film School: Heat (1996)

Heat (1996) Heat (1996)

How Michael Mann made his modern crime classic – twice.

Most famous as the first film in which screen legends (and co-stars of The Godfather Part II) Robert De Niro and Al Pacino actually share a scene together, Heat has since cemented its place both as a modern classic and a redefining entry in the crime film genre.

Writer/director/producer Michael Mann describes the extraordinary lengths to which the production went, to infuse Heat with the palpable realism for which it is lauded (clipped from his longer discussion at TIFF):

Michael Mann explains why film of Val Kilmer reloading is shown in police training:

Who knows how long this will stay up on YouTube, so watch while you can these 80 minutes on the making of Heat, which looks to have been produced around the time the film was released:

Further Viewing

Michael Mann has asserted that “Heat is a drama, not a genre piece”, perhaps in response to criticism earlier in his career of being purely a stylist. Nerdwriter examines how this informs the film’s Perfect Blend of Realism and Style:

Heat is actually Mann’s second version of this film. Nerdstalgic compares version 2.0 with version 1.0, LA Takedown, observing that while both share the same story structure, the two differ greatly in “scale, intensity, and ferocity”:

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