Best of 2020 (Behind the Scenes): Why Mank recreated the ‘Rosebud’ shot from Citizen Kane

Maureen Lee Lenker
December 04, 2020
Entertainment Weekly

From its unique sound profile to its lush black-and-white cinematography,  Mank is a love letter to the Golden Age of Hollywood and one of its most enigmatic raconteurs, Citizen Kane screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz. The fingerprints of the era are everywhere, but nowhere is the homage more noticeable than in a shot of Mank with an empty Seconal bottle that perfectly mirrors that of Charles Foster Kane holding a snow-globe in the opening moments of Citizen Kane

Here, director David Fincher reveals the personal history behind the shot.

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