A fascinating and recent interview with Dante Spinotti, famed for his cinematography and collaboration with Michael Mann. This interview, just 10 minutes long, gives some extremely important insights into how the two men worked closely together to produce not just a stylised look associated with Mann, but a web of visual structure and clues that are forensically built up to evoke specific emotional reactions, as well as intellectual perspective, and of course to tell the story. Of all the interviews I have seen, this one perhaps explains Mann’s obsession with detail most concisely, and is fascinating to hear of Mann’s involvement with the tiniest prop details, all of which are purposed for composition and story.
Also riveting is the insight into lighting Dollarhyde’s house, and how natural light played such a powerful part of lightning those scenes.
The interview is beautifully illustrated with scenes from Manhunter, and reminds the viewer just how exceptional this film is. Manhunter, possibly, is Mann’s purest work.