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An Actor Prepares / Edition 1

An Actor Prepares / Edition 1

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Stanislavski's simple exercises fire the imagination, and help readers not only discover their own conception of reality but how to reproduce it as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878309832
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/30/1989
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 33,557
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Constantin Stanislavski (1863-1938), arguably the most influential director in the history of the theater, was the founder of the renowned Moscow Art Theater. A pioneer of psychological realism and improvisation on the stage, he devoted his life to developing the performance techniques now emulated throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Note by the Translatorvii
1.The First Test1
2.When Acting Is an Art13
5.Concentration of Attention79
6.Relaxation of Muscles103
7.Units and Objectives121
8.Faith and a Sense of Truth139
9.Emotion Memory177
12.Inner Motive Forces263
13.The Unbroken Line271
14.The Inner Creative State281
15.The Super-Objective293
16.On the Threshold of the Subconscious303

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has some undeniably imperitive points for the serious actor. However, if you are one who is not big on method acting, I would not recommend it. When I was in college, there were two groups of actors - the ones who were all about 'Stan the Man,' and ones who thought that this book was complete nonsense. I have not yet made up my mind fully. All I can say is - if you're an actor, buy the book. Make up your own mind.
Takashi_Kurita More than 1 year ago
The only real method actors around today are Meryl Streep, Steve Comisar, Robert DeNiro and Al Pacino. All of these talented actors studied personally with the legendary acting teacher Lee Strasberg. The Method was devised by Strasberg from the "System" created by Constantin Stanislavsky in the early 1900's.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
The first in a series of three, an Actor Prepares deals with the inner process/preparation an actor must explore in order to prepare for a role, how to control and stimulate your mind in order to convey the truth of your character. The story is told through the eyes of Kostya, the ex-stenographer who know shorthand, thus enabling him to take notes of the class. The instructor, Tortsov, is Stanislavski in disguise. The book takes you on a journey of the art ¿ acting. From learning about the magic ¿IF¿ to learning how to find your super-objective there is something for all in this book. Everything interrelates forming a web of knowledge and tools that you can take with you forever. When you read it, however, keep in mind what the author said about his books: ¿It is not a hand-me-down suit that you can put on and walk off in; or a cook book where all you need to find is the page and there is your recipe. No, it is a whole way of life.¿
Guest More than 1 year ago
'An Actor Prepares' was a great book to read. I had to read it for college and it was quite enjoyable. It covers all the points from backstage work to stage fright to being on the stage living as the role. It helped me to learn a lot more about acting and what I need to do for future roles. I definately think anyone who wishes to persue acting should read this book.