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Acting in Film: An Actor's Take on Moviemaking (The Applause Acting Series)

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It's a very handy practical guide to day-to-day-life for anyone in the film industry, and Michael Caine narrates us beautifully through his own experiences in the industry. All this plus an awareness of breath, relaxation, and human psychology will help turn a stumbling film and television actor in a great one. The best movie actors become their characters to such an extent that the product isn’t viewed by an audience as a performance. He also discusses the fact that people pigeon holed him as a 'cockney working class actor' and the problems this caused in his career. Mr Caine knows exactly what he’s doing and his advice is the most helpful I’ve found so far on acting for the camera.

Sir Michael Caine, CBE was born Maurice Joseph Micklewaite near Elephant and Castle in South London.

I studied theater first and jumped into acting in two feature films without formal film acting training. I burst with excitement when I got the role and was sweaty and nervous; convinced I was going to blow it - and this book helped me through it. I actually have no imminent plans to appear in a movie, so I didn't really need the advice given here. Michael Caine talks about his experiences and offers valuable advice to actors who have little experience on set. At the time he is watching a pornographic film that has his school girl niece being taken advantage of by corrupt adults.

Again, "Acting In Film: An Actor's Take On Movie Making" felt more like an extended pamphlet rather than an actual book, yet Michael Caine's advice to the actor, however brief it may be, holds enough merit to make the tome not a complete waste of time.After you see it, you will look at acting in films in a different way, and notice little details that separate great actors from good ones. When sitting around set, waiting for the lighting professionals to make it just right, I'll turn to my fellow actors and say: "We're paid to wait. It’s a strange situation, but in film a person is a person, not an actor; and yet you need an actor to play the person. I remember viewing this when it was originally broadcast by the BBC, so it is good to be able to own a copy.

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