Michael Mann has opened an account on Letterboxd and gives us a top list of his 14 favorite films. Be careful, because the list is not without surprises.

Michael Mann has opened an account on Letterboxd and gives us a top list of his 14 favorite films. Be careful, because the list is not without surprises.
Michael Mann has opened an account on Letterboxd and gives us a top list of his 14 favorite films. Be careful, because the list is not without surprises.

The filmmaker responsible for ‘Heat’ and ‘Collateral’ has a special taste for the classics, but he doesn’t turn his nose up at modern fantasy

After Martin Scorsese unexpectedly opened a Letterboxd account at the end of last year 2023 and allowed us to get to know his tastes a little better with a great list of proposals for a double session with ‘The Killers of the Moon’, Michael Mann is the latest veteran filmmaker to join the cinephile social networkOf course, if we are talking about it in these parts, it is because the creation of its user has brought a surprise under its arm.

Cinema for all tastes

Quietly, the director responsible for modern classics like ‘Heat’ and ‘Collateral’ and that underrated gem that is the cinematic remake of ‘Miami Vice’ has created a list entitled “14 Favorite Films in no particular order (except Potemkin)” —which would be “14 favorite films in no particular order (except Potemkin)”—. Be careful, because in his selection There are some titles that I, personally, did not expect..

The truth is that Mann’s selection is, to say the least, eclectic. In it, crowned by the feature film that saw the birth of montage as we know it under the direction of Sergei Eisenstein and entitled ‘Battleship Potemkin’, we find Unmissable gems that appear on countless must-see lists such as Francis Ford Coppola’s ‘Apocalypse Now’, Jacques Tourneur’s ‘Out of the Past’, John Huston’s ‘The Asphalt Jungle’, Stanley Kubrick’s ‘Dr. Strangelove’ and Martin Scorsese’s ‘Raging Bull’.

However, among the compendium have slipped more current proposals that I didn’t see coming. Among them are Yorgos Lanthimos’ Poor Creatures, Denis Villeneuve’s extraordinary Incendies and Guillermo del Toro’s Pan’s Labyrinth. But watch out, because films like the latter are new additions to Mann’s personal Top 10 if we look at his chosen 10 as favourites for the British Film Institute.

In his selection for Letterboxd there is no trace of James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’, Orson Welles’ ‘Citizen Kane’, Carl Theodor Dreyer’s ‘The Passion of Joan of Arc’ or Sam Peckinpah’s quintessential western ‘The Wild Bunch’. Curious changes for a list of 14 titles that, without a doubt, deserve all our attentionand I leave it in full below.

Michael Mann’s 14 favorite movies

  • Battleship Potemkin (Sergei Eisenstein)
  • Dr. Strangelove: Flying to Moscow (Stanley Kubrick)
  • Biutifil (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
  • Wild Bull (Martin Scorsese)
  • Fires (Denis Villeneuve)
  • Pale Flower (Masahiro Shinoda)
  • The Atalante (Jean Vigo)
  • The Asphalt Jungle (John Huston)
  • Poor Creatures (Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • Apocalypse Now (Francis Ford Coppola)
  • Blackmail on Broadway (Alexander Mackendrick)
  • On Hostile Ground (Kathryn Bigelow)
  • Back to the Past (Jacques Tourneur)
  • Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro)

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