The film 1941 is considered the most influential of all time. Many attribute his greatness to the contributions of screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz that he shared credits with Orson Welles. David Fincher, the director of “deadly Sins”, prepares a film about the life of that artist, relegated to behind the myth of Welles.
The universe of classic Hollywood is full of stories that far outweigh the fiction. Among them, those that surround the gestation of the film is considered unanimously as the most influential of all time: “Citizen Kane”, known in these latitudes, directly as “The citizen”.
Beyond his enormous contributions in the formal (introduced resources novel that then became part of the cinematic vocabulary), has an aura of mythical forged above all by the charisma of its director, Orson Welles, who managed one of the contracts most advantageous of your time, and, with all the control of the project in their hands, took advantage of that huge “trecito electric” that was (in their terms) a film studio, to shoot a story of pride.
However, some critics and historians, among them Pauline kael’s vial remnants considered that “The citizen” would not have been what finally was if it had not been for the contribution of Herman Mankiewicz, who attributed the greater part of the script.
In these circumstances surrounding the pre-production and the filming of the legendary film is based on “Mank”, the new film about the working with the director David Fincher (“capital Sins”, “The fight club” and “Zodiac) for the platform Netflix. This is a project that started in November and that was about to premiere this year, except that the effects of the pandemic coronavirus force you to change the time limits.
According to what was known, Fincher relied upon to develop the story in a script prepared by his own father, Jack Fincher, before his death in 2003 and will be shot in black-and-white. Will feature the prestigious academy award winning actor Gary Oldman as the protagonist, and Amanda Seyfried, Lily Collins, and Charles Dance will cover the other main roles. Tom Burke, will interpret to the young Orson Welles in the crest of the wave.
Beyond his involvement in “The citizen”, Herman Mankiewicz, was a renowned figure and a controversial subject in Hollywood due to his alcoholism. His genius resulted in the touches that gave the (often uncredited) to the script of titles fundamental in filmography of the american the first half of the TWENTIETH century as “The wizard of Oz” and “The pride of the Yankees”, “The Pride of St. Louis” and “gentlemen prefer blondes”. The own Welles, with whom she starred in the controversial, described it in a way ambiguous as cited by the historian Harlan Lebo: “Nobody was more miserable, more bitter, and funnier than Mank, a monument of perfect self-destruction. But when it ate into you directly, it was the best company in the world,” said the director.
Cinema within the cinema
Once released, “Mank” will join a long tradition of films that, under the control of directors of recognized solvency, attempted to reconstruct the film making from the film itself. Perhaps the film is exemplary in this sense is “The american night” (1973) François Truffaut, which tells the story of a film shoot and the different problems, of all kinds, which emerge between the members of the team. Also what is “Eight-and-a-half” (1963) Federico Fellini examines the crisis creative that crosses a devoted filmmaker (Marcello Mastroianni in one of his best roles) that to his lack of ideas begins to review the most important facts of his life and to remember the women they have loved.
From another perspective, films classics such as “The twilight of a life” (1950), Billy Wilder and “the bad and the beautiful” (1952) Vincente Minnelli are reflections on the world of cinema, in this case Hollywood. In the first case through the story of a ruthless producer, in the second through a former star of silent films in decline, it is cast bitter looks on the perverse logic of an industry in which artists are worth as much as their lockers. In a similar sense, you are expressing “Singing in the rain” (1952) Stanley Donen and Gene Kelly, and the more recent “The artist” (2011), Michel Hazanavicius.