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The Beautiful, Subliminal Drama of David Fincher’s "Mank"

Among Fincher's best films, Mank handles it's subject with subtlety and style.

Lily Collins and Gary Oldman in "Mank"

David Fincher is not a director known for pulling punches.

In movies live Seven, Fight Club, and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, he has demonstrated a willingness to linger on scenes of horrifying gore and violence.

Studios often discourage this kind of spectacle, as it relegates movies to an R rating and the smaller audience that entails. But in Fincher's case — with the notable exception of The Social Network — he has managed to build a career on it. So it's strange to note that the film he has spent more than 20 years fighting for had entirely the opposite problem.

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