Michael Caine: A Class Act Paperback – 6 Jul 2006
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"'As a critical survey of the career, Bray's account is full of splendid left-field insights... an extremely enjoyable interpretation of a fascinating body of work.' Tom Robey, Telegraph"
Michael Caine: A Class Act by Christopher Bray is an insightful biography of the great British screen icon.See all Product Description
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Michael Caine has long been one of my favourite actors. Like Clint Eastwood he has that rare ability to dominate a screen, even making bad films worth watching; and boy, has he made some bad films. In his memoirs he had a tendency to gloss over the films he did'nt like, some of which were actually rather good (Play Dirty, The Fourth Protocol, A Shock To The System); luckily, Bray doesn't resort to selective myopia and gives a detailed critique of every single one regardless of quality. Nor does he merely echo fashionable opinion; for instance he rightly regards "The Italian Job" as overrated and jingoistic while defending (to a degree) the much vilified "Jaws-The Revenge".
The critiques themselves are bursting with wit and originality, plus, Bray manages to place Caine's era-defining classics like Alfie, Get Carter, and Mona Lisa into a wider social context without sounding pretentious.
Finally, this book impresses in an area where so many fall down - the filmography. Each movie is neatly listed in chronological order complete with cast, crew and release date, plus a thorough index.
A great actor like Caine deserves a great biography; he has finally got one with this book.
Seriously though, it is cobbled together pieces gleaned from other sources, not his own work. It is amateurish, pompous and, quite frankly, badly written.
This should help you decide as to whether you want to buy it - it was once given away free to readers of the Daily Mail.
i do not understand how an obviously limited actor has had all this praise handed to him over the last 40 years or more as the book shows. to the author's credit, he has pointed out the films that caine should never have touched - the island, the swarm, ashanti amongst others, but nevertheless i am not impressed with the fact that caine has been believing how good an actor people say he is when he isn't. a fellow actor once summoned up michael caine as an actor very well in a private interview, and i wholeheartly agree. a very good read about a not so good actor.