Fade to Black
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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 secure financing for his next directorial effort, the on-set murder of a supporting player… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 29%

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"For all its flaws, it's a movie-lover's movie, and clear evidence that Parker should push himself a bit more often."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"A retro pastiche that, like The Good German before it, will be of limited interest to all but the most ardent film buff."
‑ Neil Smith, Film4
"A terrific idea is unfortunately wasted. The great cast is wasted too."
‑ Anna Hart, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Like Black Magic itself, alas, this is destined to be a forgotten curio of limited appeal."
‑ Mark Samuels, BBC
"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."
‑ Xan Brooks, Guardian [UK]
"Fade to Black is as sleek and attractive as the chrome polished vintage cars Huston travels in, but never truly gets in gear."
‑ Rob Daniel, Sky Movies
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