Herman Mankiewicz, depicted by Gary Oldman in new David Fincher film, sparred with Nazi propagandists and director Orson Welles, while anti-Semitism was widespread in film industry

The real story behind ‘Mank,’ the new movie about the Jewish screenwriter who brought us ‘Citizen Kane’
by Gabe Friedman
December 4, 2020

Acclaimed director David Fincher’s highly anticipated film “Mank,” on the Jewish screenwriter Herman Mankiewicz and the story behind his writing of the classic film “Citizen Kane,” hit Netflix on Friday following a short theater-only run. It’s already being considered a front-runner for several Oscar nominations. Beyond “Citizen Kane,” Mankiewicz worked behind the scenes on dozens of famous films from the silent era into the 1950s — among them “The Wizard of Oz” and the comedy “Dinner at Eight” — often without receiving credit. READ MORE

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