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

Oh, yes.

The Second World War had been

quite a disaster for poor old Italy.

Their Fascist leader, Mussolini,

had teamed up with Hitler.

...and thought he was

on a winning ticket.

Then, Benito was

shot by partisans.

...and strung up by his

heels in the local square.

Now, in 1948, the country

is still leaderless...

...broke and

heading for chaos.

Sure, the rich

are still rich.

If you're not in

furs, you're in rags.

People are starving

and disillusioned...

...and getting

angrier by the day.

Meanwhile, the black

market is booming.

With a fistful of lire you can get

yourself just about whatever you want.

And if you still harbor a grudge or

two from the war, it's a fine time.

...to lay your

mind to rest.




My, uh, slimming pills.


We have to take these.

That will be all.

Welcome to Roma, Mr...

Welles. Orson Welles.

Thank you.

So, there I was,

Orson Welles.

The great actor-director

hitting the eternal city in '48.

I just landed a lead role in

a picture called Black Magic.

So you see, by now I'd grown

pretty accustomed to the spotlight.

Tyrone Power!

Hey, Tyrone Power.

It's true. Perhaps the

light had dimmed a little.

But don't worry. I wasn't quite

ready to relinquish my crown.

Signor Welles, has

she broken your heart?

Eh, is there

another man?

Signor Welles, do

you know who is he?

I assume you're

speaking of Rita.

Sure. The divorce

is finished, no?

The marriage is finished,

the divorce is in the works.

Are you planning to visit the Vatican

while you're here, Mr. Hayworth?

I'd hoped to get away, to forget

for a while my private pain.

But she...

...my God, she

was everywhere.

This damn costume.

Is there a problem?

It's too small.

No, no, it's fine.

You sure it's all right?

It feels tight.

No, no, no, no, no.

It's terrific. No?



Signor Wells.

Signor Wells.

Your Rita, she's

so beautiful, so sexy.

Isn't she?

She's my favorite

of them all.

It is such a tragedy you've

been abandoned by her.

I think you'll find it

was the other way round.

Marco, delighted to see you've

drummed up so many extras.

Well done.

No, no, no. These are not

extras, Orson. They are refugees.

Refugees, really?

Yes, of course. The city

is still full of them.

Your Occupation Army has no other

place, so I let them use my studio.

We are shooting

synch sound?

A little noisy.

Oh, don't worry. I make it quiet

when the cameras, they roll.

Let's make a picture!

Okay, hard facts. My heart was

broken and my career was on the slide.

Right now this was

all I could get.

A second-rate film with

a third-rate director.

Nefter zufu,

thousand blessing.

Oh, and the script.

From the darkness

beyond night...

...from the forbidden mountains.

...on the secret side

of the moon, behold!


See what I mean?

It's wonderful, Orson.

It's perfect.

Moby Dick. No.

The whale doesn't have to be

huge and neither does the budget.

But, you see, I had plans, many of them.

To direct a host of movies that

even now are running in my head.

Another masterpiece

was waiting in the wings.

And the chance to return

home the conquering hero.

There is my,

my Othello, of course.

Who's that by?

By William... Look, could I please

speak to Mr. Korda in person?

How could I know then

the chain of events...

...the danger,

deception and murder.

...that was about to unfold?

I'm sorry to intrude...

...but we shall be working together

this afternoon, Mr. Welles.

And I must say what a

great honor it is for me.

Please, sit down.

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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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