Senior Oscar Voters Will Love ‘Mank,’ David Fincher’s Return to Cinema Via Netflix
A valentine to Hollywood it’s not.
“Mank” marks David Fincher’s return to the two-hour movie after a sojourn in Netflix series television.
His 11th feature film came about when content execs Ted Sarandos and Cindy Holland asked their “House of Cards” and “Mindhunter” creator if he had something he’d always wanted to do.It turns out he’d kept his father’s Jack’s script for “Mank” in the trunk for decades.
(Jack Fincher died in 2003.) Fincher dusted off the movie, which tells the controversial backstory of how one-time MGM screenwriter Herman J.
Mankiewicz wrote “Citizen Kane” for Rko and New York wunderkind Orson Welles (Tom Burke), and had to fight to get screen credit.
(They shared the film’s only Oscar in 1942.)Any self-respecting cinephile will revel in this gloriously mounted black-and-white flashback to the Golden Age of Hollywood, where the wittiest Algonquin writers slummed for
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