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Typically, when actors turn to directing, they make one or two films in which they star, with the aim mostly being to get better control over the film and their performance. Marlon Brando and Paul Newman are examples of marquee stars who took a crack at the gig and then decide to settle back in front of the camera. Redford, on the other hand, made a whole new career out of it, appearing in very few of his own films. His auspicious debut, 1980's "Ordinary People," was a hard act to follow, winning best picture and director at the Oscars (topping "Raging Bull" in both categories). His career since has been spotty -- for every "Quiz Show," there's a "Legend of Bagger Vance" -- but his latest, "Company You Keep," received mostly positive reviews at the Venice Film Festival earlier their month.