1940. Film studio RKO hires 24-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles under a contract that gives him full creative control of his movies. For his first film, he calls in washed-up alcoholic Herman J Mankiewicz to write the screenplay. That film is "Citizen Kane," and this is the story of how it was written.
Did You Know?
The broadcaster announcing the person accepting the Academy Award for best original screenplay on behalf of Mankiewicz and Welles at the end of the movie is Ben Mankiewicz
, a grandson of Herman J. Mankiewicz
. Ben Mankiewicz is a presenter for Turner Classic Movies, which frequently airs films by Herman Mankiewicz and his brother Joseph. Ben's father, Frank, is portrayed briefly in Mank by the uncredited child actor Matteo Menzies; Frank Mankiewicz was Senator Robert F. Kennedy's press secretary, campaign director for the Democratic presidential nominee George McGovern, and the first president of National Public Radio. See more
Marion uses the word "bonkers" in 1933. It wasn't coined until the late 1940s. See more
Irving, you are the shrewdest executive in this town. Why are you acting like some dumb ward heeler? You don't need my donation. You don't need anybody's. You have everything it takes right here.
Meaning you can make the world swear King Kong is ten stories tall and Mary Pickford a virgin at 40. Yet you can't convince starving voters that a turncoat socialist is a menace to everything Californians hold dear? You're barely trying.
The Netflix logos at the beginning and end are in full color, despite the film being in black and white. See more
References Tugboat Annie
(If Only You Could) Save Me
Music & Lyrics by Trent Reznor
& Atticus Ross
Produced by Trent Reznor
& Atticus Ross
Vocals by Adryon de León See more