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    Video: Cinematographer Dante Spinotti on Shooting Michael Mann’s ‘Manhunter’

    In 1986, Mann was the first to bring Thomas Harris’s character of Hannibal Lecter to the screen with Manhunter, and his adaptation of the novel Red Dragon, is a disturbing examination of voyeurism. Writer/director Michael Mann’s measured approach pays off in spades. Manhunter is a clever race-against-time flick, in which the ticking of the clock […] More

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    Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1980’s

    As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task.  When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character. We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s. The criteria for this article is the same […] More

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    Michael Mann’s ‘Thief’ and ‘Manhunter’ – Sordid Cinema Podcast #56

      Whether you think of Michael Mann as a strict stylist or as an auteur deserving of more specific scrutiny, there’s no denying that he’s one of the most aesthetically influential American filmmakers of the last few decades. WithHannibal strewing blood across TV screens presently, it seemed an appropriate time to look back at Mann’s take […] More

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    ‘Manhunter’ a disturbing examination of voyeurism

    Manhunter is adapted from the Thomas Harris novel Red Dragon, the book which introduced the world to the serial killer known as Hannibal Lecter. It came five years before Harris’s other novel was adapted to the screen ( The Silence of the Lambs), and 27 years before the NBC hit crime drama Hannibal. In between, the role of Dr. Hannibal has been reprised several more times, including Hannibal in 2001 and in a second adaptation of Red Dragon made in 2002 (under the original title). More

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    Hannibal, Ep.1.02: “Amuse-bouche,” one of the most effective thrillers on TV

    In framing Hannibal as a weekly procedural, showrunner Bryan Fuller populates his world with so many serial killers, that it becomes hard to believe that so many of these insane, yet brilliant men can all reside in the same city at the same time. Only two episodes in and we’ve already been introduced to three killers, with the possibility of a fourth. Yet, while the second episode of Hannibal does introduce a new ‘killer of the week’ formula, the series remains elevated by four things: More

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    Hannibal, Ep.1.01: “Apéritif,” a smart, taut thriller and NBC’s best pilot in years

    How many TV shows about serial killers can networks create before audiences grow tired of the genre? Earlier this year, we welcomed FOX’s The Following and A&E’s Bates Motel to the already crowded TV lineup that already includes Dexter and Luther, to name a few. Doctor Hannibal Lecter was first introduced in the 1981 novel Red Dragon followed by The Silence of the Lambs and Hannibal. More

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    Supporting Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated (part 4 of 5)

    Tom Noonan as Francis Dollarhyde in Manhunter (Michael Mann, 1986, USA): Noonan is absolutely incredible as a serial murderer in this underrated adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon. With all respect to the talented but miscast actors involved in Brett Ratner’s 2002 adaptation Red Dragon (USA), with the exception of Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal […] More