For the first retrospective of 2019, I wanted to take the Aftertaste into realms it hadn’t been in. Yes we have covered a variety of franchises and film series. But one thing we haven’t done is focus on the resume of one filmmaker and one filmmaker only. Who better to do this with than the master of the ‘ultimate man film’, Michael Mann. With a wide variety of films and a meticulous style that has attempted to be replicated but has never been duplicated, Mann presents quite a set of films to look at. In order to do so, we once again brought in Michael Guarnieri from the Hannibal Lecter Retrospective to do what he had originally contacted me to do to begin with. A Michael Mann Retrospective.
The Keep seems to be the lost film of Michael Mann's resume. People who discuss their love for Michael Mann's work will not cite it as one of their favorites. The film's box office was a paltry $3.7 million on a $6 million budget when originally released in 1983. And Mann himself has done all he could to disown it. Yet for all of these reasons and more, it has gained a bit of a cult following amongst those who have just discovered it.
I myself had never seen it until I did so for this retrospective. Join Mike, Matt, and myself as we try our best to dissect a movie about Nazis and a wall, and discover for ourselves whether The Keep's cult following is warranted.
Join us next Weds, as we continue our look at Mann's resume with The Last of the Mohicans (hear us talk about Manhunter in our Hannibal Retrospective here) and make our way all the way through his filmography's (current) end with 2015's Blackhat.
The Keep (?/10, ?/10, ?/10)
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