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Quote • MICHAEL CAINE • Not Such a Class Act

‘I am being tough on him, but only because the world has been far too kind. [Michael] Caine can do good work, in a limited range: he is very interesting in The Quiet American, though he fails finally to be the nasty intellectual that Graham Greene requires. Why? I think Caine is held back by his class origins and by his longing to be liked. I forgive him his knighthood (though I have to note his steadfast lack of interest in any political view of life). And I remember the great days of a supporting actor who was invariably brilliant and often heartbreaking, and who never got a knighthood or a gong – Claude Raines.’

David Thomson in the New Statesman, 21 November 2005, reviewing Christopher Bray’s Michael Caine: A Class Act.

Originally published on R&V 13-08-07

12 comments on “Quote • MICHAEL CAINE • Not Such a Class Act

  1. ksbeth

    such an interesting perspective –

  2. First Night Design

    It’s a perspective I agree with!

  3. hitandrun1964

    I like him.

  4. First Night Design

    You’re not alone!

  5. beetleypete

    I know your feelings about Caine’s abilities, Sarah. I think he is better than some, but not as good as most. Perhaps because we come from the same London streets, I have long admired his ability to rise above his origins.
    And he never takes himself too seriously either.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

  6. First Night Design

    You’re forgetting that there were many years when he took himself all too seriously and I found that grotesque. Guess we’ll simply have to continue to agree to differ when it comes to Caine!

  7. beetleypete

    Mr Micklewhite is our stumbling block, Sarah! I did have an ‘off’ period, when he once supported Thatcher…x

  8. First Night Design

    Do we know who he’s voting for now?

  9. beetleypete

    I would guess he hasn’t changed allegiances, Sarah. But I can’t be sure! x

  10. First Night Design

    He’s too rich to have changed his mind. Another mark against him!

  11. maedez

    I like Michael Caine, but Claude Raines is where it’s at. Invariably brilliant, indeed.

  12. First Night Design

    Most certainly. I can’t believe I misspelt his surname!

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