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Fade to Black (2006)

Danny Huston , Diego Luna , Oliver Parker  |  R |  DVD
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  • Actors: Danny Huston, Diego Luna, Paz Vega, Christopher Walken
  • Directors: Oliver Parker
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • DVD Release Date: October 5, 2010
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003X3BY8S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,442 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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    Danny Huston (Robin Hood, Clash of the Titans) stars with Oscar®-winner Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter) in this twisting mystery-thriller of intrigue, seduction and murder. Arriving in post-WWII Rome to re-kindle his failing career, movie star and director Orson Welles is immediately captivated by a ravishing young actress (Paz Vega, Spanglish). But when her stepfather is killed by an unknown assassin, Welles and his street-wise Italian driver/bodyguard (Diego Luna, The Terminal) are plunged into Rome’s chaotic criminal underworld, where nothing is what it seems, no one can be trusted and the truth…is the deadliest illusion of all.

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    8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars An Orson Welles "what if" story January 1, 2011
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    In this diverting historical fiction thriller, Danny Huston stars as actor/director Orson Welles, down-and-out in Italy after World War Two as his career has hit the skids and his divorce from actress Rita Hayworth has made him a target of international scorn. On the set of a low-budget Italian film (a fictionalized version of the real-life "Black Magic") Welles runs afoul of a murder mystery that encompasses the convoluted politics of the recently-liberated Italian nation.

    I found this film to be entertaining and mostly charming; it was not particularly surprising where the story went or how it played out, but it was still a nice change of pace from the usual Hollywood fare, with an aura of Euro-intellectualism about it. To the filmmakers' credit, although they clearly draw on the film noir tradition (and "The Third Man," in particular), they don't try to simply mimic Welles' own work, or to match its intensity. Huston is a plausible and pleasant Welles, perhaps more robust and less savvy than one might imagine, but fun to watch nonetheless. If you like thrillers, but want a little change of pace and a dollop of politics and history, give this one a shot. Not a classic, by any means, but a fun movie. (Joe Sixpack, Slipcue film reviews)
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    3.0 out of 5 stars Mediocre whodunit September 6, 2011
    Orson Welles (1915-85) created some of the very best theatre, radio, and films in history, and is credited by almost everyone for making the #1 film of all time - "Citizen Kane" (1941). But someone along the line, early on, he started having problems with producers and studios, left projects unfinished, went over budget, and a whole host of problems that ultimately resulted in fewer and fewer films of lesser and lesser quality. With the failure of "The Lady from Shanghai" (1947) and "Macbeth" (1948), Welles' career in the US was virtually finished, and he went to Europe where he was still held in high regard, but was relegated to making low budget films and appearing as an actor to finance his various projects.

    The film takes place in 1948 at the second post WW 2 election in Italy as the Christian Democrats are maneuvering to win after having broken with their partners, the Communist and Socialist parties. In the film, Orson Welles comes to Rome to make "Black Magic" (1949) and gets involved in murder and political intrigue centering on the election.

    FWIW - The Christian Democrats won 48.5% and took control until 1994.

    Danny Huston (1962) plays Orson Welles. Huston is the son of actor/director John Huston. He's made a few dozen films the most notable of which are Poseidon in "Clash of the Titans" (2010), the young Stryker in "X-Men Origins" (2009), and Samuel Adams in the TV series of the same name (2008).

    Unfortunately Huston bears little if any resemblance to Welles, so he has to rely on his considerable skills in mimicry. They serve him well, but it is nowhere as effective as Christian McKay was as Welles in "Me and Orson Welles" (2009).

    Christopher Walken (1963) plays an American agent in Rome and an old friend of Welles.
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    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 2, 2014
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    Very good movie - had never heard of it but love mysteries and this certainly fits the bill.
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    Nice cast and a great story line with a little bit of Christopher, It dives in to deep post war in Italy with spy's, affiliations and how the world works.
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