An Actor Prepares

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Read Books Ltd, Mar 6, 2013 - Performing Arts - 322 pages
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“An Actor Prepares” is a 1936 guide to acting by Konstantin Stanislavski. Konstantin Sergeievich Stanislavski (1863 – 1938) was an influential Russian theatre practitioner. He was himself a highly-esteemed character actor and directed many successful productions. However, he is most famous for his 'system' of learning to act, focusing on training, preparation, and technique. This was the first of Stanislavski's book on acting. Concentrating on preparation, it offers the aspiring actor or actress tips and instructions on how they should prepare for performances. This seminal volume constitutes a must-have for all with an interest in acting and the work of Stanislavski. Contents include: “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”, etc. Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. It is with this in mind that we are republishing this volume now in an affordable, modern, high-quality edition complete with a specially-commissioned new biography of the author.
 

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An Actor Prepares is the most famous acting training book ever to have been written and the work of Stanislavski has inspired generations of actors and trainers. This edition, now reprinted with a new ... Read full review

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In "An Actor Prepares", Stanislavski deals with the inward preparation an actor must undergo in order to explore a role to the its full. He introduces the concepts of the 'magic of' units and ... Read full review

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NOTE BY THE TRANSLATOR
THE FIRST TEST
WHEN ACTING IS AN
ACTION
IMAGINATION
CONCENTRATION OF ATTENTION
RELAXATION OF MUSCLES
UNITS AND OBJECTIVES
EMOTION MEMORY
COMMUNION
ADAPTATION
INNER MOTIVE FORCES
THE UNBROKEN LINE
THE INNER CREATIVE STATE
THE SUPER OBJECTIVE
ON THE THRESHOLD OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS

FAITH AND A SENSE OF TRUTH

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