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The Jericho Mile

1979

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  • Even at this early point in Mann’s career, one can see the unique blend of documentary textures (the film’s mostly dialogue-free opening sequence resembles one of Frederick Wiseman’s fly-on-the-wall institutional studies more than a network TV movie) and the more epic—let’s call them “cinematic”—ambitions that would come to define the director’s later work.

  • Imbued with an authentic claustrophobia and menace, the movie makes it easy to comprehend how the Folsom experience marked Mann to such an extent that 36 years later you can still find echoes of it in his most recent film Blackhat.