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Day 168

Michael Mann's 'Heat' must be one of my favorite movies of all time.


Some people consider it to be just another action flick with good cast (Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Jon Voight). But for me the greatest aspect of Heat is its' brilliant cinematography and visuality.


Heat's director of photography Dante Spinotti paints us a beautiful nocturnal L.A. with all of its' darkness, only to be broken by lights from a police vehicle.


A scene from the early part of the film demonstrates Spinotti's and Mann's vision: The character played by Robert De Niro enters his house, watches the blue sea at dusk and walks away. There is no dialogue, only the deep blue of the film and the viewer. This scene is a proof that there are still film makers in Hollywood, who appreciate what Hitchcock referred as 'pure cinema'. Pictures without words.


This humble picture of mine tries to pay homage to a film larger than life.

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Uploaded on June 16, 2008