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Mank (2020)

Updated: May 23

R | 2h 11min | 8/10 | #Biography #Drama

Parental Rating: R (Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.)

 
 

STORYLINE:

"Mank" transports viewers to the 1930s and 1940s, focusing on Herman J. Mankiewicz, the witty and troubled screenwriter behind "Citizen Kane." As Mankiewicz races to finish the "Citizen Kane" script from a bed in a remote desert location, the film flashes back to his earlier years in Hollywood, revealing his battles with studio systems, his relationships with industry figures like Hearst and Davies, and his observations on the political machinations of the time. The narrative weaves a complex portrait of a man who, despite personal demons and professional controversies, produced what many consider the greatest film ever made.


STAFF REVIEW:

David Fincher's "Mank" is a meticulously crafted homage to Hollywood's golden era, blending historical fact with cinematic storytelling. Gary Oldman's performance is a masterclass in character study, bringing depth and nuance to the legendary screenwriter. Amanda Seyfried delivers one of her best performances, bringing warmth and complexity to Marion Davies. The film's black and white cinematography, by Erik Messerschmidt, is stunning, capturing the period with an authenticity that feels both nostalgic and immediate. "Mank" is not just a film about the making of "Citizen Kane"; it's a meditation on the creative process, artistic integrity, and the intersection of art and politics.


CREDITS:

Director: David Fincher

Written by: Jack Fincher

Starring:

- Gary Oldman as Herman J. Mankiewicz

- Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davies

- Charles Dance as William Randolph Hearst

- Lily Collins as Rita Alexander

Produced by:

- Ceán Chaffin

- Eric Roth

- Douglas Urbanski

Production Company(s):

- Netflix

Cinematography: Erik Messerschmidt

Edited by:

- Kirk Baxter

Music by: Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross

Distributed by: Netflix

Release date: November 13, 2020

Run Time: 2h 11min

Country: United States

Languages: English

Budget: $25 million

Box office: Not applicable (released on Netflix)


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