Cinema: Then Came Bronson...

One critic wrote that he looked like Clark Gable left out too long in the sun. He has also been compared to a Japanese bonsai tree, squat and gnarled, but stubbornly rooted to his little piece of rocky soil The images Charles Bronson conjures up are not always graceful or flattering. But they are vivid, just as Bronson himself can be when he is allowed to live—acting is not quite the right word—in a strong action movie, like Hard Times or Red Sun. Rough-and-ready films like these have made Bronson, after an early career strikingly similar to Eastwood's and Reynolds' apprenticeships,...

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