In 1995, writer-director Michael Mann set Robert De Niro‘s master thief Neil McCauley against Al Pacino‘s LAPD veteran Lt. Vincent Hanna in Heat, arguably one of the best heist action/thrillers ever. In 2016, that film received an updated 4K restoration that was recently screened in L.A. During that event, Christopher Nolan moderated a half-hour Q&A with Mann, De Niro, Pacino, Val Kilmer and more of the creative minds behind the classic, including director of photography, Dante Spinotti. Now, you can watch that Q&A from the comfort of your home.
Thanks to the Oscars’ official YouTube account, six videos featuring segments from the discussion of Heat are now available for your viewing pleasure. They’re broken down into chats about the nuts and bolts of the film such as writing the script, the movie’s score and soundtrack, and its cinematography, to character interactions and iconic scenes. It’s a must-watch for any student of film and/or fans of Heat and its creative team. If nothing else, this Q&A should give you some new insight that might give you a new perspective on yet another viewing of Heat. Look for the 4K version of Heat to debut on home video sometime next year.
Check out all of the segments from the Heat Q&A below:
Here’s the synopsis for Heat for the uninitiated:
Master criminal Neil McCauley (Robert De Niro) is trying to control the rogue actions of one of his men, while also planning one last big heist before retiring. Meanwhile, Lieutenant Hanna (Al Pacino) attempts to track down McCauley as he deals with the chaos in his own life, including the infidelity of his wife (Diane Venora) and the mental health of his stepdaughter (Natalie Portman). McCauley and Hanna discover a mutual respect, even as they try to thwart each other’s plans.