Amanda Seyfried stars as Marion Davis in ‘Mank’: NPR


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Mank It is an autobiography of the man who wrote Citizen Kane. But there is also a woman in the story: Marion Davies, the silver screen star and lover of William Randolph Hart. I pictured above in 1932.

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Mank It is an autobiography of the man who wrote Citizen Kane. But there is also a woman in the story: Marion Davies, the silver screen star and lover of William Randolph Hart. I pictured above in 1932.

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Citizen Kane It is often considered the greatest movie ever made. The fairy tale of newspaper mogul William Randolph Hearst didn’t win a Best Picture Oscar in 1942, but it did win Best Original Screenplay. Hollywood still loves a story about itself, and this year, MankFilm about Citizen KaneScreenwriter Hermann Mankiewicz received 10 Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture. She also received an Amanda Seyfried nomination for Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal of Marion Davies.

In real life, as in MankDavis was a superstar who lived a luxurious life with Hearst. I was born in Brooklyn and gone from Ziegfeld Follies To Hollywood. It became the wake-up call for silent films in the 1920s, toning it down as it moved to talking pictures.

“Marion was a really talented actress, she had an amazing range, she was really funny, and she was able to brighten up any scene she was in,” Seyfried says. “She was unfiltered just like me, and she was very sensitive to being dishonest, which is exactly who I am. You know, the Brooklyn family was kind of like, at the end of the day, when I took off her shoes and grabbed her gin bottle. You feel ashamed of where you came from. “

Photography by Amanda Seyfried by Marion Davis V. Mank She received a nomination for Best Supporting Actress.

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at MankDavis and Hermann Mankiewicz have an enjoyable relationship and full of wisdom. “They both like to drink,” says Seyfried. “They both feel very comfortable in the presence of the other.” “I think they just got involved in a very beautiful and pure platonic relationship.”

Seyfried says Mank It offers more 3D version of Davies than the caricature Mankiewicz wrote in Citizen Kane. In one scene in Mank, I asked him not to make the movie that clearly talks about Hearst. She says, “I read the text.” “He’s so great, Mank, in his own way and he’s so much you. I would have loved playing with me 10 years ago.”

“It was never meant to be you,” he protests.

“For me, I don’t care, Mank,” she says. “I don’t really care.” “But I beg you: Don’t kick Pops when he’s down.”

To get into the role and overcome Davis’ behaviors, Seyfried watched her old films, read her autobiography and listened to old recordings. She says playing Davis was a dress-up dream. “There was no limit to what I could spend, and this is how I dressed,” Seyfried says. “You know, it’s like the Oscars every day.”

Oscar-nominated costume designer Trish Summerville has styled several glamorous outfits for her character, including a duchess’s satin and silk jumpsuit for a circus themed party. She also made several gowns, one of which was made of antique golden lamas.

“It’s a very beautiful dress, with a biased cut, has beautiful movement and reflects the light wonderfully through the fabrics,” says Summerville. “But we decided it was flabby and a little bit up front to kind of show that she probably wears the bra a lot of the time. There’s a bit of carefree spirit to her.”

The film was shot in black and white. Summerville used shades that didn’t score with great harshness; Davis wears light white and light gray; Her coat is ice blue with a faux fur collar.

Amanda Seyfried as Marion Davis and Gary Oldman as Hermann Mankiewicz in Mank.

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Hairstylist Colin La Pave, who is also nominated for an Oscar, says she has designed a hundred platinum wigs and designer wigs for the character.

“We are doing what is called the wet group and the old school wet group,” she explained. Using plastic rollers, the wigs were baked in the sun to dry. “You take out those rollers and clean the hair in place completely, and then you go in the waves of the 1930s.”

Makeup artist Gigi Williams, also Academy Award nominee, has lined Seyfried’s round eyes to look more like half moons, and her lips are diamond-shaped, like Davis. Williams says director David Fincher wanted her to look like a doll: wide, friendly eyes.

“David didn’t want to draw eyebrows in pencil from the 1920s and 1930s. He just wanted them to feel the period, but without them having to shout an arrow,” she says.

Fincher, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director, says he’s drawn to Seyfried’s choice because of the similarities he shares with Davis.

“One of the most striking physical characteristics of Marion Davies are those eyes,” he says. Seyfried’s attractive face led him to light her up in a special way for a dinner party.

“It’s Marlene Dietrich’s light, and it’s a dead overhead light over the bridge of her nose,” Fincher says. And what her face rewards when she does is … it’s so symmetrical and amazingly chiseled that when you get that light in the right spot, you can be over her left shoulder, over her right shoulder, right profile, left side, three-quarters, whatever. It will always look like the center of the universe. “

at MankMarion Davies’ character is the center of attention, too.

Nina Gregory edited this story.


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