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
Keep as a reference. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Steven - Goodreads

When I finally read this famous book on method acting I was completely surprised to see that it is written in socratic style, which made it a drama in itself. Can't comment on this from an acting ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Emmeline Conway - Goodreads

It seems that actors either love or hate this book. I am not a fan. While I understand Stanislavski's importance to the foundation of realistic acting, and therefore modern acting technique, the book ... 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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