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Movies: Dapper gents rule in 'J. Edgar,' 'The Artist' and other films
Movies: Dapper gents rule in 'J. Edgar,' 'The Artist' and other films

Clothes and carefully cultivated facial hair are helping to make the man — and the movie — in a big way at the multiplex this season. Consider the tuxedo-wearing, thinly mustachioed men of 1920s' Hollywood in "The Artist"; the dapper denizens of 1931 Paris in "Hugo"; the suit-clad spies of 1974 London in "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"; and the wide-ranging wardrobe of "J. Edgar's" G-men, whose shirt collars and facial hair shape-shift across half a century of men's dressing and grooming. It's a celebration of sartorial subtleties rarely seen outside the pages of men's fashion magazines, making for a rare...

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