An actor prepares, Volume 1

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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

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If I were you, I would give up chasing this phantom, inspiration. Leave it to that miraculous fairy, nature, and devote yourself to what lies within the realm of human conscious control. Put a role on ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Christine - Goodreads

I picked this up again, just to remember what I read in University, and ended up re-reading the whole thing. I think I appreciate it's significance more now, since I have been teaching Drama for 20 years. Very interesting, and still relevant. 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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