Cinema: Amid The Hubbub, Brando Magic

THE FRESHMAN Directed and Written by Andrew Bergman

The resemblance, as everyone in The Freshman keeps remarking, is striking. In certain lights, especially dim ones, Carmine Sabatini looks uncannily like Don Vito Corleone, the Godfather of blessed movie memory.

Life imitating art? Not exactly. More like art imitating art, or artist imitating artist. For Marlon Brando is, of course, the man in the mafioso mask in both instances. It might perhaps be said the makeup man was kinder in aging him for the earlier role than the past 18 years have been in bringing him to his present hefty appearance. On...

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