Film studio RKO hires 24-year-old wunderkind Orson Welles under a contract that gives him full creative control of his movies.
For his first film, he calls in washed-up alcoholic Herman J Mankiewicz to write the screenplay. That film is “Citizen Kane,” and this is the story of how it was written.
As Mank explains it to a friend, “We have got a huge responsibility, to people in the dark willingly checking their disbelief at the door.”
22 May 2021 7:00PM