Tools and Techniques for Character Interpretation: A Handbook of Psychology for Actors, Writers, and Directors

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Hal Leonard Corporation, 2006 - Performing Arts - 325 pages
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(Limelight). A must for both the aspiring and seasoned artist. Uniquely geared to the work of theatre and film artists, this book, for the first time, sets out clearly and concisely the ideas, principles, and character typology of various psychological schools from Freudian, Kleinian, and Jungian to contemporary developments. The practical uses and applications of their theories are graphically demonstrated throughout the book by means of numerous examples and in-depth analyses drawn from classic and contemporary theatrical and cinematic literature. Stanislavskian methods are also discussed. An immensely useful, essential tool for character creation and analysis. Features a foreword by noted acting teacher Alice Spivak.
  

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Contents

Sigmund Freud Father of Psychoanalysis I
13
Anna Freud
71
Melanie Klein and ObjectRelations Theory
89
Carl Gustav Jung
111
Georg Groddeck and The Book
123
Wilhelm Reich and Character Analysis
135
The Theories of William James
151
Psychological Terms and Topics
175
Shakespeares Timeless Psychological Themes
229
The Development
253
Anton Chekhov
265
Six Modern Plays
283
Selected Bibliography I
309
Acting and Theater 309 Plays and Playwrights 310 Psychology and Psychoanalysis
317
List of Plays I
323
Copyright

9 PART
221

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Robert Blumenfeld is a professional actor who has been on the faculty of both the Stella Adler Conservatory and the National Shakespeare Conservatory and is a private and production coach as well. Working with accents on stage, screen and radio for close to 30 years, he is superbly qualified to lead any actor to success in achieving the speech a role demands.

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