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Alfie (1966)

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What an extraordinary tour de force performance is delivered here by Michael Caine. He’s the cockney lad about town who lives like a fox in the proverbial hen house full of women. Bill Naughton adapted his own play and it works so well onscreen, directed by Lewis Gilbert. Alfie breaks the fourth wall in his frequent monologues and as he messes up more and more women’s lives we learn that this apparently carefree unaware immature selfish womanizer is suffering himself. It made Caine a superstar and he spent three months in Hollywood on its release (along with The Ipcress File) and had the opportunities that our hero had – because, as he said in his memoirs, he was one of the very few straight single actors there. Plus ca change …

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An occasional movie-watching diary.

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