Balls-out 60 Minutes producer Lowell Bergman sniffs a story when a former research biologist for Brown & Williamson, Jeff Wigand, won’t talk to him. When the company leans hard on Wigand to honor a confidentiality agreement, he gets his back up. Trusting Bergman and despite a crumbling marriage, he goes on camera for a Mike Wallace interview and risks arrest for contempt of court. Westinghouse is negotiating to buy CBS, so CBS attorneys advise CBS News to shelve the interview and avoid a lawsuit. 60 Minutes and CBS News bosses cave, Wigand’s hung out to dry, Bergman is compromised, and the CEOs of Big Tobacco may get away with perjury. Can the truth will out? —IMDb
Michael Kenneth Mann (born February 5, 1943) is an American film director, screenwriter, and producer. For his work, he has received nominations from international organizations and juries, including those at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts, Cannes and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He has produced the Academy Awards ceremony twice, first in 1999 with the 72nd annual Academy Awards and second in 2004 with the 77th annual ceremony.
Mann was born in Chicago of Jewish heritage, the son of grocers Esther and Jack Mann. His father was a Ukraine immigrant and World War II veteran and his mother came from a family native to Chicago. Mann was close to his father and his paternal grandfather. He grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood and immersed himself in the burgeoning Chicago blues-music scene as a teenager.
He studied English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he was an active member of the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity, and developed… read more
Davvero un gran lavoro.Il ritmo è volutamente dilatato e la fotografia cupa quanto basta a creare un senso di malessere e di pesantezza;Mann riesce a bilanciare ciò con un taglio documentaristico che proietta nelle scene e fà apprezzare al meglio l'intreccio degli eventi.Bellissima la scena onirica di Crowe nella stanza.Un pò pomposo in qualche scena e Pacino un pò troppo assoluto,ma nel complesso un ottimo film.4*
The sterile way Mann photographs the marching, circling business suits, their emotionally vacant wearers and their simple, blunt abuses is a perfect contrast to our paranoid, righteously furious protagonists. Spiritually, "The Insider" is very much a tale of man versus machine; perhaps the most realistic, stirring, and grounded such a story has ever been.
An exploration of the increasing visual emphasis on the ear in Michael Mann’s work.
Watch archived conversations from The Mike Wallace Interview.
Above: Michael Mann (second from the right) and crew members working on Public Enemies. Photo by Rob Olewinski. I spent a few days in the
THE INSIDER is a film that is so intelligent it makes me angry that other movies made since that are supposedly based on “fact” are so simplistic and borderline retarded, treating the audience like… read review