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Movie Review

'Mank' is a brilliant tribute to 'Citizen Kane' and its forgotten writer

This film about the descent of a gifted, self-sabotaging screenwriter is director David Fincher's strongest work in a decade

13 December 2020 - 00:00 By tymon smith

In 1971 - the year of its 30th anniversary - legendary film critic Pauline Kael wrote a mammoth two-part essay for the New Yorker in which she sought to re-evaluate and recontextualise the success of Citizen Kane — the film that many still consider the greatest ever made but which destroyed the Hollywood dreams of its director and star Orson Welles...

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