This end of 2020 was certainly not a positive year for the cinema, with many titles being postponed to next year, only streaming platforms got a pandemic-hit billboard going

David Fincher’s Mank was one of the premieres of the year without going through the cinemas The Netflix movie sardonically paints a portrait of 1930s Hollywood on the back of the character of Herman J after Mankiewicz, aka Mank, one of the Most professional screenwriters of the time, played by Gary Oldman

With the common thread of the scriptwriting race for Citizen Kane, the film enlivens one of the greatest disputes in the history of cinema: uncovering the true authorship of the script of what, for many, is still the best movie of all time

Citizen Kane won the Oscar for Best Screenplay by Orson Welles and Mankiewicz, but the shadow of who should or shouldn’t get more credit did not float until three decades later, a debate that Mank now brings to the present and on one Brochure based that was written by Jack Fincher, the director’s father

Although the film makes it seem like Welles and Mankiewicz won the Oscar but kept their knives sharp, the truth is that, on at least Welles’ side, the argument didn’t get any bigger over time

Welles called Mankiewicz’s contribution to the script “huge”, thus summarizing the process of writing the script to Peter Bogdanovich to have the biography published This is Orson Welles:

“The first ideas for this film and its basic structure were the result of a direct collaboration between us After that, we broke up and there were two scripts: one from Mr. Mankiewicz in Victorville and the other in Beverly Hills on my part … The final version of the script was extracted from both sources “

That said, it seems that there has been no problem, on at least Welles’ side, recognizing Mank’s work, but that doesn’t mean there are versions more creatively geared towards one or the other journalist Robert L Carringer summarized in The Making of Citizen Kane:

Mankiewicz (with the help of Houseman and with input from Welles) wrote the first two drafts His main contributions were the story setting, a cast of characters, various individual scenes and a lot of dialogue … Welles added narrative brilliance: visual and verbal wit, Stylistic fluency and lines that are as strikingly original as the newspaper montages and the breakfast table sequence

He also transformed Kane from a Hearst cardboard fiction into a character of epic mystery and grandeur Citizen Kane is the only major Welles film in which the writing of credit is shared, so it’s no coincidence that Welles’ film is with the too strongest story, the most accomplished characters and the most meticulous dialogue Mankiewicz made all the difference

It seems clear that Welles and Mank worked from the first idea, starting with choosing the character they wanted to portray veiled in a great film about human nature, and how prestige and money are not synonymous with Happiness Are Howard Hughes was first thought of before reaching press mogul William Randolph Hearst, portrayed by Charles Dance in Mank

Of course, RKO initially wanted Welles, their boy prodigy, to be the director, producer, star, and screenwriter of the film in some sort of renaissance man demonstration that was more like the skin of a marketing campaign

Under this premise, RKO first signed a contract with Mank, through which he refused the credits for writing the script This finally happened when Mank demanded it and threatened public lawsuits about RKO

However, the initial collaboration seems to have been gradually poisoned by the esteem of John Houseman, who was played by Sam Troughton in the film and Welles’ collaborator for years, but with whom he would have a serious argument

Entering the realm of speculation it was about Houseman who fueled the writer’s confrontation with Welles while he was in Victorville while he was writing the script to recover from his accident

“When Mank went to Victorville we were friends. When he came back we were enemies,” Welles told Mankiewicz biographer Richard MerymanMank always needed a villain “

Mankiewicz died 12 years after Citizen Kane premiered in 1953 without regaining a good relationship with Welles, however, until after his death there was speculation about how much co-authorship or authorship had continued … until it exploded in 1971

That year, film critic Pauline Kael, one of The New Yorker’s most influential sites, Raising Kane, released a letter blaming Mank for the script and leaving Welles as a profiteer thanks to an unknown source uncovered that source always denied suggests being houseman

Anyway, Mank seems to have managed to regain the character of a screenwriter who, with or without Kane, never got the income he deserved

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