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Mank, explained: David Fincher’s new film and its link to Citizen Kane – Vox.com

The new Netflix movie is about Hollywood politics and critical arguments that span decades.

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Midway through Mank, Herman J. Mankiewicz (Gary Oldman) is explaining his screenplay tentatively titled American to producer John Houseman (Sam Troughton). Houseman has been tasked with keeping the legendarily alcoholic writer on schedule, and though he likes what hes read, he finds Mankiewiczs script a bit of a jumble, a hodgepodge of talky episodes, a collection of fragments that leap around in time like Mexican jumping beans, he says. The story is so scattered, Im afraid one will need a road…

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