The Art of Acting

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Applause, 2000 - Performing Arts - 271 pages
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Stella Adler is arguably the most important teacher of acting in American history. Over her long career, both in New York and Hollywood, she offered her vast acting knowledge to generations of actors, including Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and Robert De Niro. The great voice finally ended in the early Nineties, but her decades of experience and teaching have been brilliantly encapsulated by Howard Kissel in the lessons in this book. The groundbreaking theories of the great acting teacher who influenced such outstanding actors as Marlon Brando, Robert DeNiro & Warren Beatty are now made available for a wide audience. This book is compiled from her voluminous class notes as well as audio & videotape of her teaching & is destined to become a classic in the fields of acting & theatre. Drawing on an archive of notebooks, transcriptions, and audiotapes of Adler's work, Kissel (cultural critic with the New York Daily News) presents the lessons and insights she brought to the craft of acting. Adler's classroom lectures are presented, and their significance is discussed. She addresses the discipline of the actor's body, mind, and imagination. She looks at the techniques for creating believable characters and bringing authenticity to the performance, and the importance of understanding time, setting and style.

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Review: The Art of Acting

User Review  - Reese - Goodreads

The book itself was pretty good. It taught me a lot about acting. However, Stella's opinions were quite strong and I do not think that I ended up agreeing with most of them. It was hard to understand ... Read full review

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User Review  - Desiree - Goodreads

I heard angels sing. Thank you, Ms. Adler. Read full review


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Adler was a founding member of the Group Theatre.

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