Manhunter ★★★★

"Make sure it's just out of focus. We want him to read it, but we don't want to make it too obvious." - Graham to a photographer.

Maybe also Michael Mann to his DP during the grocery store scene? An exchange between a father and son about getting into the mind of another, set among consumer products, just out of focus in the background, strategically placed with packages designed by people, who like Graham, are tasked with trying to imagine what another dreams of when they look in the mirror. "What kind of coffee do you like?"

Beautifully photographed (almost austere compared to THIEF with lots of white and acres of negative space) and thematically taut Mann movie stretched over the framework of Thomas Harris's dumb story. If William Petersen were a bit better and, I dunno, that po-faced line about the turtles wasn't there at the finish line, I might rate this higher.

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