On Method Acting: The Classic Actor's Guide to the Stanislavsky Technique as Practiced at the Actors Studio

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Random House Publishing Group, Jul 11, 2012 - Reference - 208 pages
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Practiced by such actors of stature as Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Julie Harris, Dustin Hoffman, and Ellen Burstyn (not to mention the late James Dean) the Method offers a practical application of the renowned Stanislavsky technique.

On Method Acting demystifies the "mysteries" of Method acting -- breaking down the various steps into clear and simple terms, including chapters on:

Sense Memory -- the most vital component of Method acting

Improvisation -- without it, the most integral part of the Method is lost

Animal Exercises -- just one way to combat the mental blocks that prevent actors from grasping a character

Creating The Outer Character -- so actors can give the freshness of originality to a role while at the same time living the life of the character

On Method Acting is also an indispensable volume for directors, designers, lighting technicians, and anyone in the dramatic arts interested in creating a believable and realistic effect in their productions.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
On the A11 of Acting
24
Affective Memory
43
Concentration
73
0n Actors Problems
82
Improvisation
110
Imaginative Personalization and Substitution
123
Physical Exercises
134
Creating the Inner Character
156
Creating the Outer Character
174
Social Mannerisms
191
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