Citizen Kane will no longer hold any secrets from anyone. Netflix just unveiled the first trailer for Mank, the new feature film by David Fincher. Six long years later Gone Girl, the filmmaker explores the life of one of the greatest screenwriters of the 7th art, Herman J. Mankiewicz in a biographical black and white film.
Through this first extract of less than a minute, we can already see a Gary Oldman inhabited, both psychologically and physically, by the character of Mank, prisoner of his alcoholism and his addiction to gambling. Marion Davies appears there. also as a glamorous matchmaker in the guise of Amanda Seyfried, seducing the screenwriter with all his hands, to the detriment of his wife, played by Tuppence Middleton whose voice can be heard. Just like that of Orson Welles, played by Tom Burke.
If Lily Collins is still not present in this short extract, the appearance of Charles Dance has its small effect. Add to that a sound style of the 1930s and some visual artifices to get closer to the work of Orson Welles and voila. David Fincher has already proven that he can give a real artistic touch to the complex work that is the biographical film with Social network.
The output of Mank is expected on Netflix for December 4th. David Fincher concludes with this film a long-term collaboration with the platform after having produced and directed numerous episodes of Netflix series such as House of Cards, Mindhunter or Love, Death & Robots. The first film among many? Case to be continued.