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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In the King of Comedy, Stephen Chow, playing the role of an aspiring actor, reads Stanislavski's Actor Prepares as his personal bible. I later learned that this book is actually a basic introductory ... Read full review

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It was an excellent set of theories on theatrical performance. Read full review

Contents

The First Test i
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n When Acting Is an Art
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Action
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Copyright

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About the author (1948)

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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