Respect for Acting (Google eBook)

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John Wiley & Sons, May 4, 2009 - Performing Arts - 240 pages
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Respect for Acting

"This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen'scredo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimatecommunion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exactingstandards for herself and those she [taught], and an explanation ofthe means to the end."
--Publishers Weekly

"Hagen adds to the large corpus of titles on acting with vividdicta drawn from experience, skill, and a sense of personal andprofessional worth. Her principal asset in this treatment is hertruly significant imagination. Her 'object exercises' display awealth of detail with which to stimulate the student preparing ascene for presentation."
--Library Journal

"Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting . . . is a relatively small book.But within it, Miss Hagen tells the young actor about as much ascan be conveyed in print of his craft."
--Los Angeles Times

"There are almost no American actors uninfluenced by Uta Hagen."
--Fritz Weaver

"This is a textbook for aspiring actors, but working thespians canprofit much by it. Anyone with just a casual interest in thetheater should also enjoy its behind-the-scenes flavor."
--King Features Syndicate
  

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User Review  - Michelle Bizzell - Goodreads

Overall, a pretty good resource for acting advice. has some great exercises to work on by yourself it you aren't in a show. Read full review

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User Review  - Mike - Goodreads

Hagen discusses a particular style of acting which is very detailed and thorough, so it's not directed at amateur actors as much as professionals. I didn't finish the book, but the good deal that I ... Read full review

Contents

PART ONE The Actor
Introduction
Concept
Identity
Substitution
Conditioning Forces
Emotional Memory Chapter 5 Sense Memory Chapter 6 The Five Senses
Thinking
Three Entrances
Immediacy
The Fourth Wall
Endowment
Talking to Yourself
Outdoors Part
Introduction
Circumstances

Walking and Talking
Improvisation Chapter 10 Reality
PART TWO The Object Exercises
Introduction
History
The Basic Object Exercise
The Obective
The Action
Practical Problems
Accents and Dialects
Style
Copyright

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About the author (2009)

Uta Hagen was the recipient of innumerable honors and awardsduring her long career, including the prestigious National Medal ofArts in 2003. She died in 2004 at the age of 84.

HASKEL FRANKEL was the drama critic of the NationalObserver.

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