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An actor prepares;

Author: Konstantin Stanislavsky
Publisher: New York, Theatre Arts Books, 1948.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Anniversary edView all editions and formats
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This work is the first volume of Stanislavski's trilogy on the art of acting. 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  Read more...
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Stanislavsky, Konstantin, 1863-1938.
Actor prepares.
New York, Theatre Arts Books, 1948
(OCoLC)989011666
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Konstantin Stanislavsky
ISBN: 0878300015 9780878300013
OCLC Number: 337551
Notes: Explains the art of acting in semi-fiction form.
Translation of pt. 2 of Rabota aktera nad soboĭ.
Description: xx, 295 pages 23 cm
Contents: The first test --
When acting is an art --
Action --
Imagination --
Concentration of attention --
Relaxation of muscles --
Units and objectives --
Faith and a sense of truth --
Emotion memory --
Communion --
Adaptation --
Inner motive forces --
The unbroken line --
The inner creative state --
The super-objective --
On the threshold of the subconscious.
Other Titles: Rabota aktera nad soboĭ.
Responsibility: translated by Elizabeth Reynolds Hapgood. Introd. by John Gielgud.

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This work is the first volume of Stanislavski's trilogy on the art of acting. 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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