Fade to Black (2006)
Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 7
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 5
No consensus yet.
Average Rating: N/A
Critic Reviews: 1
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 0
Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 267
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
Oct 9, 2006 Wide
Oct 5, 2010
For all its flaws, it's a movie-lover's movie, and clear evidence that Parker should push himself a bit more often.
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.
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.
A retro pastiche that, like The Good German before it, will be of limited interest to all but the most ardent film buff.
Like Black Magic itself, alas, this is destined to be a forgotten curio of limited appeal.
Fade to Black is as sleek and attractive as the chrome polished vintage cars Huston travels in, but never truly gets in gear.
- Orson Welles: If you are looking for facts, pick up a history book. Just be sure to check who wrote it.
- 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.
- Orson Welles: Come now, Tomaso, I think you need to work on your self esteem a little.
- Tommaso: Maybe you could just lend me some.
- Orson Welles: She's magnificent!
There are no discussion threads for Fade to Black yet.