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STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Danny Huston
Diego Luna
Christopher Walken.
Directors
Oliver Parker.
Screenwriters
Running Time
105 minutes

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Fade To Black
Danny Huston does Orson Welles playing Miss Marple


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Plot
Exikled director Orson Welles travels to Italy and is drawn into a dangerous web of intrigue, murder and politics when an actor is murdered on his set.


Review
Fade To Black
It’s a terrific idea. Exiled in Rome in 1948, filming an Italian B-movie, legendary Hollywood director Orson Welles becomes embroiled in a murder plot involving two femme fatales and sinister Italian fascists. Scripted by John Sayles, with Danny Huston in the lead, what could go wrong?

Well… the script languishes in a Miss Marple netherworld of characters continually explaining why they’re doing what they’re doing. Meanwhile, Huston merely seems lost, frozen somewhere between hammy impersonation and afternoon snooze. It’s like it was assembled by the guy behind the latest St. Trinian’s film. Oh, it was.


Verdict
A terrific idea is unfortunately wasted. The great cast is wasted too.


Reviewed by Anna Hart

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