Fade to Black (2006)

UK/Italy/Serbia
Feature Film

Director: Oliver Parker
Writers: Oliver Parker, Davide Ferrario
Cinematographer: John de Borman
Composer: Charlie Mole
Cast: Danny Huston, Diego Luna, Paz Vega, Anna Galiena, Christopher Walken, Nathaniel Parker, Violante Placido, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Semeli Economou

Parker’s adaptation of Ferrario’s novel, Dissolvenza al nero (1994), a fictionalised account of Orson Welles’s time in Italy in 1948 making Black Magic (1949), involving murder, political skulduggery, and some amateur sleuthing, is an uneven and slightly rushed if mildly diverting thriller with a good performance from Huston as Welles. Iain.Stott