Cinema: Better Than Tabloid Tattle

Forget about the illicit tryst on the set of Proof of Life--just see the crackling movie they created there

This one came in with a funny smell: the perfume of illicit passion, domestic upheaval and smoldering guilt. (O.K., forget that last bit; we're in the postguilt age, at least in Hollywood and Washington.) Proof of Life, a romantic thriller with Meg Ryan and Russell Crowe, is coming out in the wake of the two stars' affair and the fracturing of Ryan's marriage to Dennis Quaid. The all-American blond is now a Jezebel, her cuddlings with Crowe sprayed across gossip-mag covers and on tabloid-tale TV shows. The eventual film looked destined to be remembered as Exhibit A in the trial of...

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