I like listening to Fresh Air on NPR (KCHO 91.7 FM). Terry Gross always has interesting people to interview. But I usually only hear it on Tuesdays, when I drive to work at 9 a.m. Other days I am already here in the library, and I miss it.
Last week it was a treat to hear Michael Caine. He is not only a great actor, but a great storyteller as well. He has a new autobiography coming out called The Elephant to Hollywood. In it there are stories about his mother, the half-brother he never knew, and actors like John Wayne, Laurence Olivier, and Henry Fonda.
He talked about one of his earliest films, Alfie, and about how he was never the kind of womanizer that Alfie was. I have never seen Alfie and I was hoping that the library had it so I could check it out. We do have it! Yeah! It’s the remake with Jude Law. Darn! I wanted to see the young Michael Caine.
But we do have several other movies he made: ones like Blame it on Rio, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (very funny), Cider House Rules, Little Voice, and The Quiet American. So there are still several to choose from. And even though we don’t have The Elephant to Hollywood (yet), we do have his first autobiography, What’s It All About? It’s all about how a poor Cockney boy in London, who didn’t want to follow in his father’s footsteps toting boxes of fish in the fishmarket, managed to get himself into the movies.
Whether you like movies, or books about the movies and actors, you can find them at the library.
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