Dir: David Fincher, US, 2020, 131 min.
Gary Oldman, Amanda Seyfried, Charles Dance
The story behind the man who wrote Citizen Kane. “The arguments over whether Citizen Kane is the greatest film ever made will rage on forever. But the greatest film about Citizen Kane – and just about any other movie – has definitely arrived. David Fincher’s eleventh film is a lavish love letter to old Hollywood in all its glory, cynicism and wild extravagance. It’s crafted with the kind of monochromatic elegance that begs to be soaked up on the big screen.” – Phil de Semlyen, Time Out. “Mank has the makings of an Oscar contender… Shot in black and white to breathtakingly evoke the 1930s, the film cleverly adopts a time-hopping format intended to approximate the structure of the movie at its core. In the eye of the storm sits Oldman’s Herman J. Mankiewicz… The movie finds a recuperating Mankiewicz hidden away in the middle of nowhere, on a tight deadline to finish the Kane script for 20-something auteur Orson Welles… Using typed-out script notes to set up scenes, the flashbacks are awash in Hollywood lore… Mank effortlessly conveys all that showbiz history in a breezily entertaining package.” – Brian Lowry, CNN