A scene from Mank (2020), starts with a thick script hitting the table. A camera tilts up to show Charlie Lederer standing and holding a hat. Then a wider angle shot reveals Herman is sitting in a chair. Charlie Lederer is standing opposite to him and Rita, with binoculars, is birdwatching:

Charlie Lederer: What can I say? She's my aunt

Herman: Oh, it's not about her, it's about him. Or rather, it's him, but it's not her.

Charlie Lederer: The lonely showgirl, trapped in a castle, doing jigsaw puzzles.

Who exactly is "him" Herman referring to?

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William Randolph Hearst. That's the whole point of the final confrontation between him and Mank.

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