Miami Vice

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Wayne State University Press, Sep 15, 2010 - Performing Arts - 136 pages
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Discusses the aesthetic appeal, production history, philosophical themes, and enduring importance of the groundbreaking 1980s television series.

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[PARAGRAPH 1] The book Miami Vice describes the television show’s main characters, “key” episodes, different seasons, and much more
. The book can educate and entertain the average person, but it often uses a lot of college film professor jargon. On many occasions, simple descriptions are used: “Miami Vice perpetuated the noir tradition by employing classic noir protagonists and themes (crime, entrapment, alienation, moral ambivalence, corruption).” The book often describes Miami Vice as a multi-layered and complex show that is more than just fashion, prestige cars, and music videos.
[PARAGRAPH 2] The book names and describes the television shows and the movies (from the 1950’s to the early 1980’s) that influenced Miami Vice. A movie idea from Hill Street Blues writer Anthony Yerkovich became the television show Miami Vice. Michael Mann (the writer and the director of the 1981 film Thief) had the largest impact on Miami Vice. There were two one-season shows that imitated Miami Vice when it was still on the air (1984 – 1990). The book names and describes the Miami Vice influenced television shows that were created after Miami Vice was cancelled.
[PARAGRAPH 3] The book describes the economy and the environment of Miami and Miami Beach in the 1970’s and the 1980’s. The book’s author grew up in Miami near Coral Gables. The book reveals that the real Miami was different from the Miami shown on Miami Vice. “Miami Vice changed not only the way people looked at television, but also the way they looked at Miami and Miami looked at itself. The city, which had already begun its latest cycle of redevelopment and renewal (to be followed, invariably, by decline, decay, and further repetitions of the cycle), would now proceed to reinvent itself along the lines of the glamorous, style-savvy image that Michael Mann had conceived.” Miami Vice has a lot of influential scenes that people will never forget.
[PARAGRAPH 4] A famous scene from Miami Vice is the Crockett and Tubbs car trip while Phil Collins’s “In The Air Tonight” plays (“Brother’s Keeper,” Season 1 Episode 1). During the “In The Air Tonight” scene, I paused the DVD at the elapsed time of 1 hour 23 minutes and 35 seconds (1h:23m:35s). I saw a lighted “Ocean Bank” sign. The building in the scene also has two large white columns that are illuminated at night. I used the satellite view and the street view on Google Maps to look at every Ocean Bank location in Miami.
[PARAGRAPH 5] There are two Miami Vice buildings at the intersection of NW 42nd Avenue and NW 7th Street in Miami: the Ocean Bank building (1h:23m:35s) and the Shell gas station (1h:23m:34s). The Shell gas station in 2013 was a Gulf station in 1984. There are two Miami Vice buildings at the intersection of NW 42nd Avenue and NW 3rd Street in Miami: Le Jeune House (1h:26m:31s) and the International House of Pancakes (IHOP) (1h:24m:05s). The Management Resources Institute building is at 550 NW 42nd Avenue (42nd Avenue is also called Le Jeune Road) (1h:26m:27s).
[PARAGRAPH 6] There are two Miami Vice buildings on Biscayne Boulevard in Miami: Carnival Tower (1h:26m:49s) and the Omni buildings (1h:26m:41s). Carnival Tower is at the NE 13th Street intersection. Carnival Tower is the small part of the Sears Building that was not demolished after Miami Vice was cancelled. A better view of the Sears Building is shown later in the show (1h:34m:24s). The Omni buildings are at the NE 15th Street intersection. The Omni buildings used to be the Omni International Mall.

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Steven Sanders is emeritus professor of philosophy at the Massachusetts State College at Bridgewater. He is the editor of The Philosophy of Science Fiction Film and a contributor to Film Noir: The Encyclopedia and Blackwell's Companion to Film Noir.

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