Michael Caine – Acting in Film: An Actor’s Take on Movie Making (The Applause Acting Series) Revised Expanded Edition

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(Applause Acting Series). A master actor who's appeared in an enormous number of films, starring with everyone from Nicholson to Kermit the Frog, Michael Caine is uniquely qualified to provide his view of making movies. This new revised and expanded edition features great photos throughout, with chapters on: Preparation, In Front of the Camera Before You Shoot, The Take, Characters, Directors, On Being a Star, and much more. "Remarkable material … A treasure … I'm not going to be looking at performances quite the same way … FASCINATING!" Gene Siskel

Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books; Revised edition (February 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557832773
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557832771
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces

Customer Reviews

Great Reference for Avoiding Newbie Pitfalls

One person found this helpful.
 on December 11, 2015
By Michael Kane
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 — and I completely disagree with one reviewer here who said he knew everything in the book from being in the corporate world; maybe a book on reading comprehension would better suit that particular commentator. One thing this book isn’t about is actually getting that film or television role; it’s about how a newbie can avoid some of the pitfalls of their newbie-ness (and some veteran actors might do well to read it as well). It’s entertaining, informative, and well-written. (There is an hour long video companion piece to it that really fleshes it out more technically; it’s available to watch on Youtube now, although I bought a copy when I bought the book.)

FANTASTIC book on acting. Still relevant in 2017!

 on March 2, 2017
By Tyler
I never thought I’d be taking advice from Alfred from The Dark Knight trilogy, lol. I’m a young guy so that’s where I know Mr. Caine from 🙂


 on January 6, 2013
By doc whitney
I’ve been studying acting for several years and some of the jargon can get pretty ‘high brow’ trying to explain themselves. Michael Caine does not do that. He approaches the career of film acting from in the trenches with little diamonds of insight studded throughout. I especially like his advice to a film director when the director asked him to fall into a hole telling him that it was not dangerous. “You do it first,” was Michael’s reply. Fantastic. Shortly after reading Mr. Caine’s book, I did a scene where I had to fall into freezing water after being shot. The director assured me that it was safe and the water held no obstacles. I gave him Michael’s reply and after hemming and hawing a few minutes he sent a PA in to assure me that the water was deep enough and had no obstacles. Thank you Michael Caine! If your passion is film acting, you will get a kick out of this read. Salute!

Full of both fresh and well-worn ideas on acting for the camera and on stage as well.

 on July 7, 2017
By Matthew Murray
If you’re an actor like me, be sure to have a pen for taking notes and keep an open mind to new techniques to apply in your own acting pursuits. Really easy read and definitely worth every dollar.

Inspiring and straight to the point!

 on November 1, 2016
By Chris Kostov
A great book, straight to the point! It is a book about movie acting and it will teach you exactly that – how movie acting is different from acting in the theater. Michael Cane uses a lot of vivid examples to prove his point and to give a number of priceless tips on how to improve your acting. His passion for acting is contagious and inspiring!

Short, but valuable

 on December 29, 2014
By M. F. Crowl
Enjoyable book for actors in general, even if they’re not appearing in movies. Lots of good advice, even about basic things like learning your lines.

Buy it.

 on February 18, 2013
By Travis
Are you an actor? Yes? Do you own this book? No? What are you waiting for?

An Interesting Read But Avoid Digital Format

 on May 7, 2015
By shrinkucci
First–do NOT buy this Kindle version for Kindle Fire. It reads better but still not great on a second version Kindle because it holds its format a bit better. The Fire download, for some reason, loses much of the book’s format and is a mess to read.

Entertaining and informative look at movie making

One person found this helpful.
 on December 2, 2013
By Karn B. Gray
First, Mister Caine is one of my favorite actors. Second, he knows whereof he speaks. Third, he has a great wit. Fourth, he’s been at his craft a long time. Very enjoyable, but I wish it had been longer and included some more behind the scenes info. If you get this book and like it, you will really enjoy any of the factual works by William Goldman, the writer of ‘Butch Cassidy…’ and many other films and novels.

Must Read!!!!

 on September 14, 2016
By Danielle
Michael Caine gives great advice in this book about the business of acting from many different angles that I never even thought of. A must read for any actor. If possible also check out the video that this book is based off of.

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