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Fade to Black (2006)

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A screen legend is drawn into a murder mystery that reaches to the highest ranks of the entertainment industry in director Oliver Parker's 1940s-era thriller featuring a sleuthing Orson Welles (played by Danny Huston). The year is 1948 and, having just suffered a breakup with Rita Hayworth and a falling-out with Hollywood, Welles arrives in Rome to appear before the cameras in Black Magic. Though Welles' primary concerns on the set of his latest film are to forget his troubles back home and

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Oct 5, 2010

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All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1) | Fresh (2) | Rotten (5)

For all its flaws, it's a movie-lover's movie, and clear evidence that Parker should push himself a bit more often.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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All credit to writer-director Oliver Parker for trying to broaden his CV, but Danny Huston is a terrible bore as Welles, Paz Vega continues to be incomprehensible in English, and the murky mystery plot limps along unrewardingly.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

On paper this must have looked a neat idea: a wildly fictionalised account of a skid-row Orson Welles, up to his neck in political skulduggery while shooting a third-rate picture in post-war Italy.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A retro pastiche that, like The Good German before it, will be of limited interest to all but the most ardent film buff.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Like Black Magic itself, alas, this is destined to be a forgotten curio of limited appeal.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Fade to Black is as sleek and attractive as the chrome polished vintage cars Huston travels in, but never truly gets in gear.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A terrific idea is unfortunately wasted. The great cast is wasted too.

March 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for Fade to Black

I got confused with this one. Is this really a thriller/suspense, or it is just another mafia movie with Cristopher Walken? Hmm...well...if this was a thriller/suspense, it was really slow-paced and quickly lost my attention.
October 20, 2011
Jacob Palacio

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    1. Orson Welles: If you are looking for facts, pick up a history book. Just be sure to check who wrote it.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Orson Welles: When I first went to Hollywood, I had a legion of yahoos, all plotting my down fall. It was a waste of time,of course. I was perfectly capable of destrying myself.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Orson Welles: Come now, Tomaso, I think you need to work on your self esteem a little.
    2. Tommaso: Maybe you could just lend me some.
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
    1. Orson Welles: She's magnificent!
    – Submitted by Frances H (21 months ago)
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