Mank” is a biographical drama about screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz and hisdevelopment of the screenplay Citizen Kane (1941). Directed by David Fincher, based on a screenplay by his late father Jack Fincher, the film was produced by Ceán Chaffin, Douglas Urbanski, and Eric Roth. While I view “Mank” as a great production, I don’t think it’s for everyone. The movie is filmed in black and white and draws its breath from an old Hollywood era, soaked in thick industry lingo.

In 1940, RKO provides Orson Welles (Tom Burke) complete creative freedom for his next project. Welles recruits Herman J. Mankiewicz “Mank” (Gary Oldman), who is in Victorville, California recovering from a broken leg he sustained in a car accident. Herman dictates the script to his secretary, Rita Alexander (Lily Collins), who notices similarities between the main character and William Randolph Hearst (Charles Dance). Producer John Houseman (Sam Troughton) is concerned about Herman’s…

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