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Morgan also chooses the right time for stagier elements, such as when the young man stands from his chair and crosses the stage in a fit of remorse.
FANTASTIC ACTING and a surprisingly sharp visual sense overcome the stagier aspects of ``The Dying Gaul,'' playwright and screenwriter Craig Lucas' (``Prelude to a Kiss,'' ``Longtime Companion'') movie directing debut.
Most of the names criss-crossed from studio to studio, but Cathay's great femme-centered ensemblers--such as the WWII epic two-parted, "Sun, Moon and Star," with Chang, Yu and Yeh, or sibling dramedy "Our Sister Hedy"--stand out for their naturalness, in contrast with the Shaws' stagier, more blocky productions.