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Public Enemies

Directed by Michael Mann
United States, 2009
Biography, Crime, Drama


A chronicle of the last years of the life of notorious bank robber John Dillinger in 1930s Chicago, as an elite FBI agent tracks him and his gang down.

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Public Enemies Directed by Michael Mann
[DP Dante] Spinotti didn’t sputter when he returned for the digitally shot Public Enemies, Mann’s moving John Dillinger epic, in which the grain and ease-of-movement of the imagery prove a perfect match with the Tommy Gun popping and Johnny Depp’s exit strategy-eyeing, doomed “dark currents” (in Mann’s words).
February 04, 2016
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It helps that Public Enemies doesn’t look like any movie ever made, aside from Mann’s own subsequent Blackhat. It’s shot largely on location in a nervy, abstracted off-the-cuff digital style, which has the effect of making everything seem at once immediate and totally unfamiliar—never more dazzlingly than during the shootout at the Little Bohemia Lodge, one of the most visceral depictions of gunfire to ever grace a screen.
January 23, 2015
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Even five year later, it feels like no one will ever one-up Mann’s grammatical understanding of digital filmmaking. With Public Enemies, Mann opened up a whole world of possibilities for the future of filmmaking… Public Enemies is not only one of the most concise action films of the last decade, but also an incredibly knowing look at the American dream.
January 05, 2015
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