Continuing through our exploration of the first feature films of prominent directors, Cargill and I arrive at the debut outing of one of my absolute favorite filmmakers: Michael Mann.
In 1981, Mann brought us a gritty, savvy techno noir that starred James Caan as cinema’s coolest Thief.
From the growling single-mindedness of its protagonist to the sights and sounds of, respectively, stunning cinematography and a pulsing Tangerine Dream score, Thief is that rare first film that never misses a beat and solidifies a director’s style in an instant.
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On This Week’s Show:
- Pre-Ramble [0:00–1:23]
- The Art of the Steal [1:24–49:49]
- Denouement [49:50–55:07]
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