Fade to Black

Synopsis: Attempting to recover from his failed marriage to Rita Hayworth and restart his career, Orson Welles travels to Italy only to be drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue, murder and politics when an actor is murdered on his set.
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Director(s): Oliver Parker
Production: Lionsgate
Rotten Tomatoes:
99 min

And, you know? We have a passion in common.

A magician.

My card.

Alessandro Dellere.

Oh. Bravo.

Oh, yes, and I hear you had a

little trouble at the customs.


My slimming pills.

How did you...


All the movie is in my head. I have

one master, one close-up on you.

Yes, but you need

to go low and wide.

You have to give it some

power when the dragoons attack!


I am the director, no?

The director that commands the most

respect is the one who listens the most.

But, Orson,

wait a minute.

When you direct, you never

listen to the actors. Never.

It is my great weakness.

And have them put an

18-mil-lens on the third camera.

And add some torches to the

background to deepen the focus. Yeah?

What third camera?

I think she

recognizes me.

He looks like the Queen.

Who is she?

One of our players.

Lea Padovani.

She's temperamental.

She's magnificent.

Orson, are you ready?

They're coming. They're coming. The army.

No, no, stop,

stop, stop, stop!


Ne... Ro.


You know Signor

Dellere how long?

I only met

him yesterday.

At the studio, we know. And we

know he gave you something, yes?

What? Oh, yes.

He gave me my, uh,

slimming pills.

Clearly a very

well connected man.

You have?


And what did

he say to you?

He was very pleasant.

Nothing really.

How did he die?

Was it his heart?

He takes too

much drugs.


We find this in his coat.

In the dressing room.

It was opium. Very strong, very pure.

Well, he didn't seem under the

influence when I spoke to him.

He was addicted

many years.

It's an overdose.



When he was dying, did

he say something to you?

Did he whisper

something, yes?

What did he say

to you, Mr. Welles?

Mr. Welles?

I couldn't

make it out.

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Davide Ferrario

Davide Ferrario (born 26 June 1956) is an Italian film director, screenwriter and author. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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