Though famous for TV, James Gandolfini's marvelous in movies

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Posted: Sunday, September 22, 2013 12:00 am

At one point in David Chase's coming-of-age movie “Not Fade Away,” the young protagonist — a New Jersey boy who dreams of breaking free of 1960s suburbia and his towering, disproving father, played by James Gandolfini — looks at a film with Orson Welles.

It isn't just any picture, but “Touch of Evil,” the 1958 noir in which Welles cast himself as a great ruin, a corrupt cop named Hank Quinlan. Chase holds on Welles just long enough for you to see this big man looming in the frame, this colossus of the art, long enough to set off a relay that links Welles' image to that of the boy's father and that of another titan played by Gandolfini, Tony Soprano.

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