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Michael Caine Teaches Acting In Film

An interesting video with Michael Caine teaching acting for film, but with input for performing on stage. Made a few years ago, it is still very interesting.

“The theatre is an operation with the scalpel, i think movie acting is an operation with the laser.”

Michael Caine teaches in this documentary the art of movie acting to five young actors, who perform scenes from “Alfie”, “Deathtrap” and “Educating Rita”. He talks about how to perform in close-ups and extreme close-ups. He warns about the continuity dangers of smoking cigarettes or fiddling with props. He talks about screen tests, special effects, men who are cavalier about your safety and speaking to someone who is off camera. The movie camera is your best friend and most attentive lover, he says, even though you invariably ignore her (BBC 1987).

Michael Caine Teaches Acting In Film

Updated 24th September 2015


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    First becoming involved in an online theatre business in 2005 and launching londontheatre1.com in September 2013. Neil writes reviews and news articles, and has interviewed over 150 actors and actresses from the West End, Broadway, film, television, and theatre. Follow Neil on Twitter @LondonTheatre1

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