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Elliot Norton Reviews; Michael Caine


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Elliot Norton Reviews
Michael Caine
Series Description

Boston theatre critic Elliot Norton interviews prominent actors, directors and producers on their craft. (Aired from October, 1958 to 1982. Winner of both Peabody and Tony Awards.) Series release date: 1958

Program Description

Elliot Norton interviews English television and film actor Michael Caine about his career. Caine talks about how he did not go to acting school and was forced into working class roles because of his cockney accent. His acting career started when he answered an advertisement for an assistant stage manager at the Horsham-based Westminster Repertory Company, where he started in some small roles. He later came to London with the Joan Littlewood workshop and the Royal Court. Joan Littlewood ended up firing him because she thought that he was trying to stand out as a solo actor, while she was looking for group actors. He talks about his first film, Zulu (1964), whose producer told him that he had a talent for listening to actors, but could not act himself. He talks about a technique he learned from Spencer Tracy, in which he holds his eyes down and waits for the perfect moment to look up and command the audience’s attention. He notes that Tracy did this because he could not see marks on the ground and thus followed them on the ground until he had to look up. He learned at a young age that it looks better if one does not blink much while acting, so he would practice not blinking. He talks about working with Sir Laurence Olivier in Sleuth (1972). He says that Olivier would call him out on not paying attention if he lost focus for even a moment.

Director: Russell Tillman

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Talk Show
Performing Arts
Chicago: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Michael Caine,” 01/23/1973, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed October 27, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_94239F3118674AA7ACC7F9EFA9708987.
MLA: “Elliot Norton Reviews; Michael Caine.” 01/23/1973. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. October 27, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_94239F3118674AA7ACC7F9EFA9708987>.
APA: Elliot Norton Reviews; Michael Caine. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_94239F3118674AA7ACC7F9EFA9708987
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