‘Mank’: A movie about the greatest movie ever

‘Mank’: A movie about the greatest movie ever
Mank' hits Netflix on Dec. 4. Supplied
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Updated 03 December 2020

‘Mank’: A movie about the greatest movie ever

‘Mank’: A movie about the greatest movie ever

LOS ANGELES: “Mank” tells the story of screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he writes and then fights over what is regarded as the greatest film in Hollywood history: “Citizen Kane.”

And with a cast full of A-list talent, a film about an Oscar-winner could prove to be enough to win an Oscar.

Arab News spoke to stars Gary Oldman and Lily Collins about the film which hits Netflix on Dec. 4.

“I don’t resemble Mank and I think that was a conscious thing with (director) David (Fincher). He didn’t necessarily cast look-alikes in that respect,” Oldman said.




Lily Collins in“Mank.” Supplied

Of course, “Mank” refers to Herman J. Mankiewicz, who is credited, at the end of “Citizen Kane,” as the co-author of the screenplay alongside Orson Welles.

This marks Fincher’s return to filmmaking for the first time since 2014’s “Gone Girl.” Penned by his late father, Jack Fincher, historical drama “Mank” is a tonal deviation from the thrillers Fincher is famous for including “Fight Club,” “Zodiac,” and “Panic Room.” However, his iconic, stylish design is still on display in the new film.

“He knows what he wants. He has a clear vision,” said Collins, who plays the film’s stenographer Rita Alexander. “He knows how to articulate it, how to curate it, how to get it. And he makes you feel as an actor that you’re in a safe environment. You’re gonna be nurtured through it but you’re gonna be challenged the best way.”

“Mank” is both an engaging character study and a critical look back at the Golden Age of Hollywood as it jumps back and forth through Mankiewicz’s life before and after he started on “Citizen Kane.”

Similar to “Citizen Kane,” the new biopic is portrayed in old-fashioned, black-and-white cinematography and unfurls much of its narrative via flashback.

Oldman said: “You’re playing a writer. It’s not like you’re playing an aviator. You’re someone sitting there who’s actually writing which cinematically maybe isn’t the most exciting thing to watch and not only that you’re a writer lying down. So, it had its challenges.”


Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi releases ode to Saudi Arabia

Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi is the latest superstar to join forces with Pepsi. Instagram
Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi is the latest superstar to join forces with Pepsi. Instagram
Updated 24 January 2021

Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi releases ode to Saudi Arabia

Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi is the latest superstar to join forces with Pepsi. Instagram

DUBAI: Emirati singer Hussain Al-Jassmi has partnered with Pepsi. The hitmaker who gave us “Boushret Kheir” and “Ahebbak” will drop a new song, written by Saudi Arabia’s renowned poet Prince Badr Bin Abdul Mohsin, as a tribute to the Kingdom. Entitled “Hay Hal Sot,” the new song was revealed on Pepsi’s official YouTube channel this week. 

“Music brings people together – it bridges gaps and connects us with people and places far beyond our language or place of origin,” said the award-winning singer in a statement. “This song in particular, captures our love and respect for the Kingdom, its thriving culture and incredible people.”

Of working with Prince Badr Bin Abdul Mohsin, Al-Jassmi revealed that “the creative process and experience has been extremely rewarding.”

A music video for “Hay Hal Sot” is set to accompany the song. 

Mustafa Shamseldin, chief marketing officer for Africa, Middle East & South Asia at PepsiCo, said, “Saudi Arabia is an extraordinary country – rich in history, culture and arts. The song – a love tribute to the nation and its people reflects the spirit of the Kingdom and reminds people of its beautiful roots in poetry.”

It’s not the first time that Pepsi has worked with a renowned artist — the brand has worked with the likes of Beyoncé and Taylor Swift in the past.