Movies: Looking for Hughes in the High Clouds

The smoothness of Leonardo DiCaprio's face is deceptive. He can hide behind its boyish affability the way Laurence Olivier hid behind putty noses and funny accents. In Catch Me If You Can, DiCaprio's face was a blank check on which his character forged a career in duplicity. At other times, as in Gangs of New York, a rage can pop out like a monster in a lake. His face is too soft to be a tabula rasa; it is a pillow on which DiCaprio can embroider surprising emotions. That's why he is an actor, a gifted one, even more than he...

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