The magic, magic, mystery, and compassion of the golden age of Hollywood is fully featured on Netflix by David Fincher. Mank. Set in Hollywood in the 1930s and ’40s, the black-and-white drama follows the judgments of the biting and alcoholic screenwriter Hermann J. . Time. Citizen Kane. Mank It recently received six Golden Globe nominations, and in a new video on Netflix, production designer Donald Graham Burt takes viewers behind the scenes to showcase the art department’s contribution to the film’s success.
Burt and interior designer Jean Pascal recreate an authentic world of background studios, smoke-lit writing rooms, soft lighting, the historic Biltmore Hotel, Trocadero Nightclub, and more with existing studios, soundtracks, and numerous locations and special effects of local residents of California. Of particular note is the reinvention of the magical Hearst Castle estate in San Simeon, the site of the dinner parties filled with champagne and gin in the film introduced by newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst (Charles Dancing) and his mistress, actress Marion Davis (Amanda Seyfried). (For those who have never seen Citizen Kane, Charles Foster Kane’s character in the 1941 classic film was inspired by Hearst.) Burt and his team left a heartless effort in creating the sumptuous and luxurious design and décor of classic interiors and lands with the Spanish Renaissance.
As studio director Lewis B. Meyer said in the film, “That’s the true magic of movies, and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.” See below for a behind-the-scenes look at how they fit together.
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