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Acting in Film (The Applause acting series) [Hardcover]

Michael Caine
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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre Book Publishers (15 Mar 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0936839864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0936839868
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 932,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Sir Michael Caine CBE has been Oscar-nominated six times, winning his first Academy Award for the 1986 film Hannah and Her Sisters and his second in 1999 for The Cider House Rules.

He has starred in over one hundred films, becoming well-known for several critically acclaimed performances including his first major film role in Zulu in 1964, followed by films including The Ipcress Files, Get Carter, Alfie, The Italian Job, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels and Educating Rita, and more recently The Dark Knight, Is Anybody There? and Harry Brown.

He has written two bestselling volumes of memoir; What's It All About in 1992 and The Elephant to Hollywood in 2010.

He was appointed a CBE in 1992 and knighted in 2000 in recognition of his contribution to cinema. Married for more than 30 years, with two daughters and three grandchildren, he and his wife Shakira divide their time between England and the United States.

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'a gold standard celebrity who makes the modern sort look cheap' The Times

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'Mr Caine is a charming raconteur....he writes with a quality that has grown rare among memoirists: good cheer' New York Times

'Michael Caine's second work of memoir brims with his gift for genial anecdote, but this time there's a hint of sadness as he looks back' Sunday Times

'To read Caine is to be in the company of an amiable, sentimental man who has achieved great success - and happiness - without appearing to be in the least smug.' Daily Mail

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The actor shares personal insights on the technique of acting, and the business of making a film.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great insights by a master 18 Dec 2006
Superb. A practical and honest insight in to the craft (rather than art) of film acting. Caine dispenses his wisdom liberally and one quickly begins to appreciate that professionalism and hard work are the key to any career. Caine has those qualities in spades - it is in fact his dedication to them that has also made him a great artist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic little book 12 Nov 2007
Ever wondered what Michael Caine gets up to when he's locked in his trailer for hours before going on set...?

A charming, witty, and surprisingly informative book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb! 15 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Acting In Film is humorous, candid and informative not only to the aspiring actor, but to the film viewer as well.
Some important messages addressed are: Preparation, spontaneity, and behavior on and off the set.
Actin in Film gives valuable tools to any actor including those interested in Community Theater. A must have book for all movie buffs!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great for screen acting. 1 Sep 2010
This book was great in giving advice, although specific for acting for film (if it is stage you are after, this book wouldn't be much help).
Caine provides valuable tips and tricks on the trade, from being an extra to being the number one star on set. He covers camera angles to continuity to manners! Perfect and worth the money if you are serious about being an actor/actress in film/television.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 23 Jun 2014
By mark
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Great facts and quotes helps you to think correctly and gives you the building blocks to starting a career in acting
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5.0 out of 5 stars great 1 Dec 2013
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Value for money, exelant does wjat it says on can
Hav bought several for friends and they agree wehhey hey
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant ! 30 Sep 2013
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This was bought as a gift but I am told it is a thorough treatment of the subject and interspersed with humour
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learn from the Master..........
I do some acting and who, apart from the master of screen acting, has written a better book. No-one as far as I can tell. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Malcolm
1.0 out of 5 stars little text for the price
This book is a "rip off" for the price of over 7 there are but few pages for the price and it is transcribed from a tv mastercass. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant!
Just finished reading this book and I came on here to leave the review immediately. I have never done that before! Read more
Published 11 months ago by L'Orien
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential guide for film acting
This book really covers all the aspects for those wanting to act on film or TV. What to do - and what to avoid. Read more
Published 12 months ago by MR JEREMY C R REECE
4.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Very good advice. Both on how to act and how to conduct yourself while working. Really good tips from a screen legend.
Published 12 months ago by Aztec
5.0 out of 5 stars Michael Caine on Acting
I really did like this read. Interspersed with touches of his usual east end humour, Michael Caines' guide to acting is an invaluable pocket guide for the aspiring actor. Read more
Published 13 months ago by S. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars inspirational!
For someone who doesn't know a lot about film acting this book is a very helpful insight. Michael caine's approach towards acting is so down to earth and genuine. Read more
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