Citizen Kane is widely regarded as one of the best movies ever made, and the story behind that film is the subject of David Fincher’s latest project. Mank follows the life of Herman J. Mankiewicz, Orson Welles co-writer on Citizen Kane, as the project is being written and made.
It certainly looks like a David Fincher movie! The man has a style that shines through whether it’s in black and white or in colour. Fincher re-teamed with his cinematographer from Mindhunter, Erik Messerschmidt and it looks like it paid off, visually.
The cast is also completely stacked, with Gary Oldman in the lead and supporting performances by Amanda Seyfried, Charles Dance, Lily Collins, and Tom Burke as Orson Welles.
Here’s the official synopsis and a few more images:
1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.
I’d like to take this moment to re-iterate that Mank looks absolutely stunning. Between the cinematography and lighting and what looks to be pretty exquisite period detail, I am all in on this. As if I wouldn’t already be for a David Fincher movie though.
If I were a betting man, I’d put money on this film mimicking the structure of Citizen Kane, based on those shots of Mank in a hospital bed, which reminds me that I haven’t actually seen Citizen Kane since….. well a long time, anyway.
Mank will get a limited run in theatres in November (I presume to qualify for awards) and then land on Netflix everywhere on December 4th.