An actor prepares: by Constantin Stanislavski. Transl. by Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood

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Theatre Arts Books, 1948 - Performing Arts - 295 pages
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This work is the first volume of Stanislavski's trilogy on the art of acting; it explains the art of acting in semi-fiction form. Fusing psychological realism and expressionism, his exploratory exercises teach actors to evoke past emotions that draw out their vulnerability. Stanislavski here introduces such concepts as the "magic if," "emotion memory," the "unbroken line" and many more now famous rehearsal aids. This classic manual is written from the viewpoint of fictional actors taking lessons from a director (based on Stanislavski). Through the student's mistakes, questions, revelations, and struggles, Stanislavski teaches the actor about the stage, truth, and life itself.

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Gets better towards the ending. - Goodreads
Dammit, Jim, I'm a writer, not an actor. - Goodreads
It's not a fiction, per se, so there isn't a plot. - Goodreads
Keep as a reference. - Goodreads

Review: An Actor Prepares (The Acting Books #1)

User Review  - Eve - Goodreads

A very difficult book for one unfamiliar with at least the premise of Stanislavski's teaching. Nevertheless a fascinating look at the master at work in the Moscow Arts theatre with his young disciples ... Read full review

Review: An Actor Prepares (The Acting Books #1)

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Critical reading of course for any actor Read full review


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Stanislavsky was an actor, theatre director, and teacher, born in Moscow. He co-founded the Moscow Society of Art and Literature.

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