King of the Turkeys: Michael Caine in America

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Wider Screenings TM, Jul 4, 2015 - Biography & Autobiography
Michael Caine.He may be a two-time Oscar winner but at one point in his career his resume boasted more flops, turkeys and movie disasters than any actor would care to have on their CV.Though his early screen career 1966 to 1974 courted American film directors such as Robert Aldrich and Don Siegel, Caine maintained a steadfast Englishness. Until, that is, the soaring taxes in pre-Thatcher Britain turned him, as it had his friends and fellow actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore, into a tax exile.Needing to re-establish his career in Hollywood, the decade from 1976 to 1986 saw Caine accept roles in films so bad the critics derided them. With flop after flop, loss after loss it seemed at this time that the future two-time Oscar winner was bound to be a box-office two-time loser. But Caine persisted, his career rebounded and by the time he returned to the UK was an American and international star.Comprehensively researched, referenced and written by former Australian National Film & Sound Archive SAR Research Fellow Robert Cettl, King of the Turkeys is an affectionate, evaluative and informative historical portrait of Caine's brush with America 1966 to 1987.

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Robert Cettl is a former SAR Research Fellow at Australia's National Film & Sound Archive. His scholarly work is published by McFarland & Co. Inc. and Bloomsbury Academic in the USA and collected by the National Libraries of China, Australia and the US Library of Congress. An EFL teacher currently living and working in China, his ethnographic digital feature films are collected by Australia's National Film & Sound Archive and available on Pay Per View. Most recently he became the CEO of CAILL Transmedia Pty. Ltd. an international educational publisher soon to debut its digital range.

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