Mank: Fabrications Can’t Be Overcome

The outright fabrications in Mank are just too much to overcome in the David Fincher film and they have not sat well since viewing the film. When it comes to Orson Welles, the film sides more with Pauline Kael’s discredited piece on the Citizen Kane origin.  I understand she’s dead and cannot defend herself but history has largely proven her piece to be wrong on the matter.  But here’s the thing: there are too many…

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Citizen Kane: An All-Time Classic

Citizen Kane was a cinematic achievement for its time and the film has only grown in stature to become an all-time classic over the years. Initially, Citizen Kane was a forgotten film.  One thing that would help bring it back to the forefront was the praise of critics in France.  It also helped that the film was given another release in 1956 and also benefited from RKO selling its theatrical library to television.  Combined with…

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The Brothers Mankiewicz by Sydney Stern

Sydney Ladensohn Stern’s The Brothers Mankiewicz: Hope, Heartbreak, and Hollywood Classics is a solid read and works as a dual biography. I immediately changed up my quarantine reading list when Netflix issued the first teaser trailer of Mank on October 8. Going into that day, my plan had been to start on Scott Eyman’s biography of Cary Grant in hopes of finishing in time for its October 20th release.  Alas, The Brothers Mankiewicz took immediate…

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