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Tuesday, March 2

Andrew discusses the historical truths and a few inaccuracies in David Fincher’s Mank. Find out about the film’s more subjective interpretations of Mankiewicz’s involvement with the 1934 California governor’s race and the much debated authorship of Citizen Kane.

Do you have a question about the movies, maybe something you’ve often wondered about but never had a chance to ask anyone? Well, now’s your chance. Ask Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., BMFI’s Senior Director of Education and Administration, and he will post a video on Tuesday that answers the most interesting questions (that he knows the answers to). Submit your question, then stay tuned for updates.

 

Ask Andrew Archive:

February 23, 2021: Last Tango in Paris and Its Legacy

February 16, 2021: Woodrow Wilson and The Birth of a Nation

February 9, 2021: The Influence of Breathless (1960)

February 2, 2021: Compelling Sci-Fi Recommendations

January 26, 2021: Defining “Continuity”

January 19, 2021: Kirk Douglas and the Hollywood Blacklist

January 12, 2021: The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and Its Legacy

January 5, 2021: Changes in Movie Credits

December 29, 2020: Defining “Pre-Code”

December 22, 2020: Christmas Thrillers

December 15, 2020: Leading Men, Then and Now

December 8, 2020: Remakes

December 1, 2020: Production Designer vs. Art Director vs. Set Decorator

November 17, 2020: Hitchcock and Oscar

November 10, 2020: Defining “Neo-realism”

November 3, 2020: Chinese and Indian Movies in American Theaters

October 27, 2020: Evaluating Blockbusters

October 20, 2020: The Fall and Rise of Movie Musicals

October 13, 2020: Defining “Montage”

October 6, 2020: Method Acting

September 29, 2020: The Power of Movie Franchises

September 22, 2020: Why Some Movies Enter the Public Domain

September 15, 2020: The Academy’s Inclusion Promise

September 8, 2020: Why Some Movies Seem Dated

September 1, 2020: The Creation and Impact of Movie Ratings

August 25, 2020: Evolving Opinions on Movies

August 18, 2020: How to Introduce Someone to Older Movies

August 11, 2020: Golden Globes vs. Academy Awards

August 4, 2020: The Rise and Fall of Romantic Comedies

July 28, 2020: Oscar Prestige

July 21, 2020: Citizen Kane vs. Vertigo

July 14, 2020: Origins of the Blockbuster

July 7, 2020: Movies Shot on iPhones

June 30, 2020: The Pandemic’s Impact on the Oscars

June 23, 2020: Choosing Black & White or Color

June 16, 2020: Returning to the Cinema

June 9, 2020: Shooting Digitally vs. Filming on Celluloid

June 2, 2020: Auteur Theory

May 26, 2020: Golden Age Musicals; Neo Noir

May 19, 2020: Dietrich Talks; Genre vs. Cycle vs. Style

May 12, 2020: The Hero’s Journey; Westerns in the 1960s & ’70s

May 5, 2020: Test Screenings; Movie Music

April 28, 2020: Film School & Filmmaking Talent; The Graduate; To Kill a Mockingbird; Elaine May

April 21, 2020: Tarantino & Genre; Rear Window & Technicolor; Crediting Source Material

April 14, 2020: Great (?) Movies; the Studio System; Taking Horror Movies Seriously

April 7, 2020: Pandemic Production; Comedy Runtimes; Max Cady & Hannibal Lecter; Mass-Appeal Movies

March 31, 2020: Family Films; Kids Docs; Gardener Movies; Minions; Awards; Watching the Star Wars Saga

March 24, 2020: Hitchcock’s Notorious; Film Companies in Opening Credits

Ask Andrew (Anything About Movies)