Michael Mann, US, 1981, 124 min.
Join us prior to this screening at 6pm for Lightbox’s Back Porch Beer Garden!
The contemporary American auteur Michael Mann’s bold artistic sensibility was already fully formed when he burst out of the gate with Thief, his debut feature. James Caan stars, in one of his most riveting performances, as a no-nonsense ex-con safecracker planning to leave the criminal world behind after one final diamond heist—but he discovers that escape is not as simple as he’d hoped. Finding hypnotic beauty in neon and rain-slick streets, sparks and steel, Thief effortlessly established the moody stylishness and tactile approach to action that would also define such later iconic entertainments from Mann as Miami Vice, Manhunter, and Heat.
2019 BACK PORCH BEER GARDENS
Celebrate summer on the outdoor balcony at the rear of our Ibrahim Theater with an exciting beer garden-style event! We welcome audience members to join us for a pre-screening reception with beer, live DJs, and conversation in a breezy, sunny spot overlooking Innovation Plaza in University City. Admission and drinks are free with the purchase of a film ticket.
Friday, June 21, 2019 at 6pm: Nitrate Kisses
Friday, July 12, 2019 at 6pm: Thief
Friday, July 26, 2019 at 6pm: Three O’Clock High
Friday, August 9, 2019 at 6pm: Chulas Fronteras / Del Mero Corazón
Friday, August 23, 2019 at 6pm: Trust