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Fade to Black -- 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. But when her stepfather is killed by an unknown assassin, Welles and his street-wise Italian driver/bodyguard are plunged into Rome's chaotic criminal underworld
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Release Date:
30 March 2007 (Spain) See more »
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. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Danny Huston ... Orson Welles

Diego Luna ... Tommaso Moreno

Paz Vega ... Lea Padovani

Christopher Walken ... Brewster

Anna Galiena ... Aida Padovani

Violante Placido ... Stella

Nathaniel Parker ... Viola
Zoran Miljkovic ... Customs Agent
Milan Jelic ... Pale Journalist
Dubravko Jovanovic ... Journalist 1
Vladimir Aleksic ... Journalist 2
Pino Ammendola ... Grisha
Marko Zivic ... Assistant Director
Frano Lasic ... Dellere
Paolo Lorimer ... Tufano
Josif Tatic ... De Bernardi
Paulina Manov ... Make-up Girl
Miroljub Leso ... Boghera
Ivan Jevtovic ... Fascist Killer
Damir Todorovic ... Mainardi
Daniel Cerqueira ... 'Lucky' Luciano
Lepomir Ivkovic ... Ferenc
Branko Jerinic ... Brasciatti
Misa Gajic ... Lead Paparazzo

Garrick Hagon ... Ambassador Dunn
Vincent Riotta ... Alberto Cava
Tanasije Uzunovic ... Mons. Pressner
Milena Djordjevic ... Flavia
Kwame Kwei-Armah ... Joe Black
Dejan Acimovic ... Bulldog
Andreja Maricic ... MC Magic Show
Srboljub Milin ... Priest
Toma Kuruzovic ... Peasant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alexander Furno ... Police officer
Vanja Lazin
Alfred Mather ... Ciggarette Boy
Semeli Economou ... Bianca (uncredited)
Sinisa Ubovic ... Producer (uncredited)

Directed by
Oliver Parker 
Writing credits
Davide Ferrario (book "Dissolvenza al nero")

Oliver Parker (written by)

Produced by
Piero Amati .... co-producer
Piero Amati .... executive producer
Steve Christian .... executive producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... executive producer
Michael Dounaev .... executive producer
Trevor Ingman .... associate producer
Trevor Ingman .... producer
Ralph Kamp .... executive producer
Caroline Locardi .... associate producer
Jonathan Olsberg .... producer
Massimo Pacilio .... producer: Italy
Umberto Sambuco .... line producer
James Spring .... executive producer
Barnaby Thompson .... producer
Original Music by
Charlie Mole 
Cinematography by
John de Borman 
Film Editing by
Guy Bensley 
Casting by
Deborah Aquila 
Tricia Wood 
Production Design by
Luciana Arrighi 
Art Direction by
Jasna Dragovic 
Paul Ghirardani 
Set Decoration by
Ian Whittaker 
Costume Design by
Louise Stjernsward 
Makeup Department
Marcelle Genovese .... hair stylist
Giorgio Gregorini .... hair department head
Aldo Signoretti .... hair designer
Vittorio Sodano .... makeup designer
Marinela Spasenovic .... makeup artist
Luca Vannella .... assistant hair stylist
Production Management
Lucie Graves .... post-production supervisor
Trevor Ingman .... production manager
Zlata Kalic .... unit production manager
Andjelija Vlaisavljevic .... unit production manager
Nikola Zokic .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Zeljko Bozic .... second unit director
Katie Elson .... third assistant director
Matthew Hanson .... second assistant director
Vesna Milic .... second assistant director: Serbia
Biljana Mirkovic .... first assistant director
Luca Padrini .... assistant director: Italy
Milos Radunovic .... third assistant director
Mila Turajlic .... third assistant director
Art Department
Nurey Al-Kahzrajie .... dressing props
Vladan G. Jankovic .... property master (as Vlada Jankovic)
Radovan Markovic .... property master
Radoslav Mihajlovic .... construction manager
Lynda Reiss .... prop buyer: Isle Of Man
Mirko Milosevic .... intern (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Nigel Bennett .... sound re-recording mixer
Felicity Cottrell .... foley artist
Mike Dowson .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Edwards .... adr recordist
Paul Govey .... sound re-recording mixer
Novica Jankov .... boom operator
Mark Lafbery .... foley mixer
Ian Macbeth .... foley editor
Jamie Roden .... adr mixer
James Seddon .... dolby consultant
Andy Shelley .... sound recordist
Andy Shelley .... supervising sound editor
Ruth Sullivan .... foley artist
Special Effects by
Muhamed M'Barek .... special effects
John Rafique .... special effects supervisor: model unit
Chris Watson .... special effects senior technician: model unit
Visual Effects by
Kris Anderson .... digital compositor
Paul Beard .... visual effects line producer
Tamsin Blanchard .... visual effects producer
Adam Christopher .... digital colourist
Neil Cunningham .... visual effects supervisor
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
Tom Hocking .... digital effects artist
Matthew Jacques .... digital artist
Sherin Mahboob .... junior digital artist
Tom Pegg .... digital effects artist
Petar Boskovic .... stunts
Darko Bozic .... stunt double
Milkica Bozic .... assistant stunt coordinator
Milkica Bozic .... stunt double
Zeljko Bozic .... stunt coordinator
Milan Ivanisevic .... stunts
Sendy Kumalakanta .... stunt mask
Nikola Simic .... stunt driver
Stanislav Zivkovic .... sword fight choreographer
Camera and Electrical Department
Louisa Bawden .... video assist operator
John de Borman .... camera operator
Dragan Djordjevic .... grip
Sasa Djordjevic .... key grip
Mihailo Dobric .... video assist
Danilo Dudic .... grip
Zarko Dudic .... grip
Romolo Eucalitto .... special photographer
Max Glickman .... second assistant camera
Leigh Gold .... first assistant camera
John Higgins .... gaffer
Predrag Jocic .... assistant camera
Roger Lowe .... gaffer
Svetomir Pajic .... Steadicam operator
Zoran Pecenkovic .... grip
Drasko Pejanovic .... assistant camera
Slobodan Pikula .... still photographer
Nikola Ristic .... lighting technician
Ivana Vladic .... second assistant camera
Renee Willis .... assistant camera
Casting Department
Abigail Barbier .... adr voice casting
Louis Elman .... adr voice casting
Bev Lawley .... extras casting
Angelina Marinkovic .... casting: Serbia
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Momirka Bailovic .... assistant costume designer
Suzy Freeman .... costume supervisor
Marina Igic .... wardrobe
Radmila Jaksic .... head seamstress
Claudette Lilly .... assistant costume designer
Bojana Nikitovic .... costume designer: Serbia
Snezana Pesic Rajic .... assistant costume designer
Stefan Savkovic .... assistant costume designer
Grozdana Stanojevic .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Simon Allmark .... digital intermediate conform editor: Men From Mars
Steve Mercer .... first assistant editor
Laura Morrod .... editor trainee
Helen Paszyn .... assistant editor
Mark Wright .... negative cutter
Alex Panton .... digital intermediate producer (uncredited)
Music Department
Alastair King .... conductor
Alastair King .... orchestrator
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Christian Hall .... driver
Nenad Kokot .... transportation captain
Alan Rogers .... transportation captain
Vladimir Vasiljevic .... co-transportation captain
Other crew
Johnathan Abbott .... studio coordinator
Monika Agorelius .... electronic press kit
David Blank .... assistant accountant
Eddie Booth .... location manager
Robin Craine .... production assistant
Dennis Davidson .... Unit publicity
Alice Dawson .... production accountant
Mirjana Djuricic .... production secretary
Sandra Djurickovic .... production coordinator
Simon George .... head of finance
Nicole Gregory .... unit publicist
Christian Hall .... researcher
Julia Hilliard .... assistant coordinator
Demetri Jagger .... film projectionist
Tabitha Jenkins .... assistant to producer
Jules T-Smith .... production and marketing assistant: ealing studios (as Jules Smith)
Miriam Kelly .... assistant to head of finance
Ljiljana Kovacevic .... production accountant
Rowena Ladbury .... script supervisor
Nichola Martin .... development executive
Daniela Merlo .... dialogue coach
Sophie Meyer .... head of development: Ealing Studios
Jon Parker .... operations: Effects Shot
Jeremy Pelzer .... studio director
Tatjana Radakovic .... production coordinator
Rebecca Roffey .... assistant to executive producer
Umberto Sambuco .... line producer
Aleksandar Tadic .... location manager
Tomislav Vladisavljevic .... shoemaker
Aleksandra Vukovic .... production secretary
Clark Warren .... set security
John Busow .... stand-in (uncredited)
Andrew Jack .... dialect coach: adr (uncredited)

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Rated R for language and some violence
Argentina:99 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:13 | Portugal:M/16 | USA:R (certificate #46238)
Filming Locations:

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Kevin Bacon was offered the role of Brewster.See more »
Orson Welles:So tell me...
Tommaso Moreno:The war... the facists brought people here to torture them
Orson Welles:People... only ghosts, only ghosts
Tommaso Moreno:Some of these ghosts, they won't lay down
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Referenced in Orson Welles - Fade to Black (2008) (TV)See more »


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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Black magic, 2 June 2009
Author: jotix100 from New York

Orson Welles was invited in 1947 to participate in the film "Black Magic", directed by Gregory Ratoff. At the time, Mr. Welles was getting over the painful experience he suffered after the divorce from Rita Hayworth. His arrival to Italy went mostly unnoticed, as we witness his arrival at Rome's airport; his presence there is upstaged by that of Tyrone Power. One of the reporters insists in calling him Mr. Hayworth, something that must have hurt the wound in his heart.

When the shooting begins in the fabled Cinecitta, everything is chaos, as director Ratoff tries to rein all what is going on in the set. To make matters worse, the leading lady, the gorgeous Lea Padovani, doesn't seem to warm up to her more famous co-star. When one of the players in the film dies right in front of Mr. Welles, he discovers a list with names of prominent Christian democrats. Curiosity gets the best of him, as he wants to follow the motives behind the deaths.

It was a difficult time for Italy. Having been defeated, the country was in turmoil with thousands of refugees living in squalor. The communist party had a strong following, something that Orson Wells notices right away. His the help of his young driver, Tommaso, he goes into an unknown territory and gets sucked in the mystery behind the politics of the time.

As directed by Oliver Parker, the film is a curiosity piece about what went on in Italy at the time, from the real Orson Welles perspective. Danny Huston, who portrays the American genius, has an uncanny resemblance and is about the best thing in the picture. Diego Luna, is seen as Tommaso, and lovely Paz Vega, has some good moments as Lea Padovani, the leading lady.

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