If you only know about Marion Davies and William Randolph Hearst from their somewhat-fictionalized depiction in Citizen Kane (or maybe even The Cat’s Meow?), David Fincher’s Mank, now streaming on Netflix, has some surprises in store. Far from the failed opera singer depicted in Orson Welles’s masterpiece, Marion Davies was a gifted comedic actress, and beloved Hollywood hostess, as played by Amanda Seyfried in the film. And, difficult as it may be to believe, she and Hearst (Charles Dance) really were in love, living together for decades in their massive coastal San Simeon mansion.
On this week’s Little Gold Men podcast, Cassie da Costa joins Richard Lawson, Katey Rich, and Joanna Robinson to discuss the good and bad of Mank, from its depiction of Upton Sinclair’s failed run for governor (which Cassie wrote about at length) to how it might bear some resemblance to other directorial passion projects bankrolled by Netflix, like The Irishman and Roma. The episode also includes discussion of Richard’s list of the top 10 movies of 2020, the super-limited current release of Nomadland and the now-streaming-on-Amazon Sound of Metal, and the big problem with Ryan Murphy’s splashy musical The Prom, which Richard reviewed this week.
Listen to the episode above, and find Little Gold Men on Apple Podcasts or anywhere else you get your podcasts.
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