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Mank: an old Hollywood tale

Updated: Feb 11, 2021

Photo: Netflix

Many times we have seen Hollywood tell us stories about their own kin. We have seen the inner workings of the industry in movies like Singin’ in the Rain, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Sunset Boulevard, and The Artist, to name a few. David Fincher’s new biographical film Mank is no exception.

The film is set in the 1930’s and 40’s, when journalist turned screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz, played entertainingly well by Gary Oldman, was considered a washed out alcoholic with nothing new to say. Still, Orson Welles (Tom Burke) chose him to write the screenplay for his next motion picture, the now iconic Citizen Kane