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Ahead of the silver screen, action-filled classics

Before the advent of action movies, thrill-seekers could always check out some history paintings for the kind of visceral excitement now provided by the likes of James Bond and Jason Bourne. And anyone who has doubts about the similarities between the old and new kinds of blockbuster needs only to have a look at “The Essential Line: Drawings From the Dahesh Museum of Art,” a small, punchy exhibition at Fairfield University’s Bellarmine Museum.

Published in The New York Times on 11/23/12

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