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Michael Caine - Acting in Film: An Actor's Take on Movie Making (The Applause Acting Series) Revised Expanded Edition Paperback – February 1, 2000
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As a teacher, Caine is as straightforward as he is as an actor. You watch his performances and you're seeing an actor who understands that less is more. You read this book and you're listening to an instructor who understands the same thing. Every anecdote he tells about films he's been in and stars he's worked with is not just namedropping, it's ALWAYS relevant to whatever helpful point he's making about the craft of film acting. And to him it is very much a craft, not an art. The art takes care of itself; it happens mysteriously, but it can only happen if you nail the craft first. No arty-flighty book about acting theory or the Method, this is a working-class, meat-and-potatoes manual that anyone can relate to, much like its author.
If you are a passionate, disciplined actor who would like to learn several pointers from this professional, buy this book.
Look at this as an inexpensive tool to improve yourself as a thespian. Wonderful reading! Highly recommended!
He touches on a lot of rather simplistic notions, but they're nevertheless important, and he makes you understand the importance of nuance: it's necessary to understand the logic of a line rather than the line itself; how to indicate through your face when another actor reads a line and they're only half-way through a sentence that you know what you're going to say next, but have to wait for them to finish; the millions of possibilities on how to react in terms of inflection when offered something as simple as tea. He talks about some of his own quirks, not wanting to put his character shoes on until just before shooting, but it's never about him more than it's about acting. He does manage to be charming in an underhanded way -- he slips in a tribute to the beauty of Julie Christie, for instance.Read more ›
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I had the impression that I was ordering a video version and was disappointed that a book was delivered.Published 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Yeah, we have the same name; I just spell it right. I purchased this book in 2011 and have read it four or five times, in part because it has some excellent, film-specific tips --... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Michael Kane
I studied film at New York University, and I feel like I learned more about how to direct and work with actors reading this book than in any of the classes I took in college. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Benjamin Baxley
More than you expect. This book gives you advises as an starting actors, the do's and the dont's. Written in a clever way this book deserves your attention.Published 2 months ago by Andrés
Brilliant. Down to earth honesty. Even if you're not an actor this book is a great step in motivating yourself to start taking your career seriously.Published 3 months ago by DarkFox
Absolutely still valid and read worthy for anyone interested in the filming/starring world. Fantastic, couldn't lay it downPublished 4 months ago by sybil Choate