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Saturday, September 27, 2008 |
( 9/27/2008 09:33:00 AM ) Bill S.
NEWMAN: So one of our great modern movie icons, Paul Newman, has died. He was one of those actors who really held your eye on the screen; even when he was coasting in pure Hollywood product (Towering Inferno, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid), he could carry you along with him. I'm of a generation that saw Newman as one of our first grown-up actors; when I began watching "serious" movies as I moved into my teens, a lot of 'em featured Newman in the lead role. To this day, many of these sixties flicks are the ones I love and remember best: The Hustler (but not its later "sequel" The Color of Money), Hombre, even the not-quite-right Ross MacDonald adaptation Harper (but not its later follow-up The Drowning Pool). I even have a soft spot for his role as Bill Cody in Robert Altman's movie misfire Buffalo Bill and the Indians, but that's partly because I associate that particular flick with a period of really intense college-age moviegoing.