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1963: Paul Newman comes to Venice as the star of Hud by Martin Ritt, presented in Competition. The Lido went crazy for the most famous of Hollywood’s superstars: Newman was 38 years old, he was at the peak of his career, journalists went out of their way to meet him. Oriana Fallaci interviewed him at the Venice Film Festival for “L’Europeo”: with her unmistakable directness, she asked him to take off his sunglasses during the conversation. Newman answered: «If someone asks me take off your glasses, I want to see your blue eyes, it makes me so angry. Just like when they tell me you’re so great, and your eyes are so blue. I always get the impression that when you’re handsome, people accept you for the wrong reasons: not because of who you are but because you are handsome».

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