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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (6 July 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571216838
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571216833
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,193,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

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Michael Caine: A Class Act by Christopher Bray is an insightful biography of the great British screen icon.

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I am not normally big on biographies, but was recommended Christopher Bray's excellent book by a friend. Bray writes with some style and panache about Michael Caine's life and times - a highly entertaining read, recommended to fans not only of south London's finest but of British cinema.
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I tend to avoid books about movie stars like the plague; most autobiographies are self-serving psycobabble while biographies tend to resort to banal cliche. Not this one.
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.
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The best book about Michael Caine after his own autobiography. Bray has really nailed the actor and the man.
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This book is pretentious, inaccurate, self-serving and, in parts, just plain nasty. This is truly the worst book I have ever read - and, worst crime of all, BLOODY BORING!
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.
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to begin with, i am not a huge fan of michael caine. true, i like a handful of his films and they were very interesting to read about in this book. a very well-written one too with plenty of detail in a lot of areas.
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.
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