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January 28, 2011

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ortega

There was a moment in american cinema when films had no more men and women in the leading roles but boys and girls. Actors looking too adult were relegated to second places.
I think that one of the signs of that change were the movies starred by McQueen. He looked adult enough to go with the tradition but not so much as to be unable to play in adolescent plots. Adolescent here meaning doing silly things as if they were serious.

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