Spend more than five minutes with me and you’ll probably have a long discussion about Michael Mann — and by proxy, 1995’s Heat. The Chicago filmmaker has a treasured filmography — 1981’s Thief and 1986’s Manhunter are a close, close second and third on his Best Of-list — but there’s no disputing the legacy and perfection of his Al Pacino and Robert De Niro crime drama.
Lately, it’s been on everyone’s mind, namely because it turned 20 years old last December. Bill Simmons chewed on the masterpiece for an hour, the Brooklyn Academy of Music hosted two screenings of it last Winter, and Mann even plans to write and publish a prequel as a book. Of course, nothing compares to its recent showing in Los Angeles.
Last week, director Christopher Nolan hosted a screening of the film’s 4K restoration followed by a special Q&A. Joining him were Mann, Pacino, De Niro, Amy Brenneman, Val Kilmer, Diane Venora, Mykelti Williamson, producers Pieter Jan Brugge and Art Linson, cinematographer Dante Spinotti, film editor William Goldenberg, and sound re-recording mixer Andy Nelson.
Needless to say, it was sold out.
Fortunately for us, the whole thing was recorded and it’s now online, broken down into little sections. Now, you can hear Pacino admit that Detective Vincent Hanna was, indeed, on coke, or watch Nolan admit how The Dark Knight was clearly inspired by the film’s abrupt stakes, or Kilmer used the film as a mental escape from filming Batman Forever. It’s a fucking delight.
Watch below and remember: “Don’t let yourself get attached to anything you are not willing to walk out on in 30 seconds flat if you feel the heat around the corner.” Because in the real life, nobody gets a beautiful ending set to Moby.