Biography Drama Comedy


Herman J. Mankiewicz has a broken leg, a drinking problem, and a deadline for the completion of the first draft of the script for Citizen Kane.

The fondly remembered "Golden Age" is authentically depicted in old-time black and white, with a soundtrack and rhythm lifted (almost) directly from the era. It's amusing how little has changed; overblown media moguls and self-important studio heads do what they invariably do, all hung with shiny stars-in-the-making. If you're not a classic movie buff expect to be stymied by the world of "Mank" which is, by turns, superb, uneven, and confounding. Hit and myth.

Anne Murphy

Online Release 4th December 2020
Netflix 132 mins