Movies love movies about movies. From \u201cSingin\u2019 in the Rain\u201d to \u201cThe Artist\u201d - and many times in between - filmmakers crave the challenge to share what happens behind the camera from the intensity of relationships to the intrigue of agendas. And people who watch what\u2019s on the screen welcome the chance to go backstage. David Fincher\u2019s \u201cMank\u201d bursts onto the 2020 cinema scene with a deliciously detailed exploration of the egos behind the 1941 film classic \u201cCitizen Kane.\u201d Working with a screenplay that his father, Jack Fincher, wrote in the 1990s, the director of \u201cThe Social Network\u201d recreates a world long gone by where a few good and bad men could control what people experience in a movie house. Without exaggerating the drama behind the drama, Fincher celebrates the magic that a camera can create when pointed in the right direction. On the surface, \u201cMank\u201d - a nickname for Herman J. Mankiewicz - focuses on the immediate period after the screenwriter was injured in an automobile accident. As he recovers, the film suggests that actor\/director Orson Welles asks him to put together script ideas for a new film about a larger-than-life character on the media stage. As Mankiewicz struggles to confront his physical pain, he remembers key moments in his past when he connected with journalism mogul William Randolph Hearst and actress Marion Davies. Suddenly the memories of yesterday begin to influence today\u2019s work as the script begins to shape a lead character many later believe to be modeled after Hearst. The film became \u201cCitizen Kane,\u201d a classic that earned Mankiewicz and Welles an Oscar for its screenplay in 1941. What makes all this so much fun at the movies is the distinct visual style that Fincher consistently applies. Rather than make a film that looks like a 2020 visit to the 1930s and 1940s, he painstakingly creates a cinema world of that period. Nothing is left to chance. Production designer Donald Graham Burt uses every set piece to create a visual sense of the period and the cinematography of Erik Messerschmidt makes us feel we are in the moment while retaining a stylized separation from the present. composers Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross celebrate the orchestral style that defines film scores of the 1940s. And Fincher, with the eye of an artist and the precision of an engineer, transports us to a time when the movies inspired our curiosity about people and places larger and farther than we can touch. While people who know movies will immediately recognize the characters on screen, Fincher makes sure his story is accessible and entertaining for anyone to absorb and enjoy. Dominating \u201cMank\u201d with another award-worthy performance is Gary Oldman who won an Oscar a few years ago for playing Winston Churchill in \u201cDarkest Hour.\u201d Using his full acting range, Oldman makes us like Mankiewicz, feel sorry for the man\u2019s weaknesses, and appreciate the brilliance of his talent. The actor refuses to make Mankiewicz a victim of his challenges; instead he finds the small moments that make us feel we get to know this fascinating man. Yes, movies love movies about movies. And \u201cMank\u201d proudly joins the exclusive club of films that make us want to see more about what happens behind the camera. This is one of the best films of 2020. \u201cMank\u201d runs 2 hours and 11 minutes. The film is rated R for language. The film begins streaming on Netflix on Dec. 4.