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Building a Character (The Acting Books #2)

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  454 ratings  ·  18 reviews
Building a Character, the second volume in Stanislavski's acclaimed trilogy, continues the total immersion in technique and class scenarios begun in An Actor Prepares.
Paperback, 334 pages
Published April 1st 1989 by Theatre Arts Books (first published 1950)
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Chad Bearden
There comes a point about halfway through "Building a Character" when Stanislavski's earnest young protagonist, Kostya, complains to his mentor, Torstov, that this batch of lessons all seem rather technical and not nearly as much fun as all the creativity and inspiration that was the foundation of the last batch of lessons (found in Stanislavski's first volume, "An Actor Prepares"). As a reader, you're bound to feel the same way.

Torstov's response is to tell Kostya (and presumable you, the reade
El libro es muy pesado y la verdad es que me da la sensación que en las cosas más "sencillas" se explaya en demasía y deja la vitales un poco a la pata coja. Lo mejor del libro son sin duda los últimos capítulos, los más interesantes y ricos. Creo que es una lectura obligada para todo aquel que quiera ser actor y la verdad es que me alegro de haber profundizado en una de las lecturas complementarias de una de las próximas asignaturas que cursaré en la Universidad.
¡Ya puedo decir que he leído (al
This isn't as interesting as An Actor Prepares, there's a lot weirder stuff here that's harder to relate to. Like rhythm work with a metronome, different beats and how every play has an underlying beat and other beats layered on top of it and you can screw it up by not being on the right beat with your fellow actors. I know this is kinda true, but it's hard to make it compelling to write about. It's kind of something that you just have to experience and play around with in rehearsal I think. All ...more
Every actor in the world should read this book. Truly amazing and insightful. Naturalistic approach, but there are lots of crossovers to other styles.
I have to say that I really struggled with some parts of this book. Some chapters are really technical and very detailed and that is tiring after awhile. But you have to push through because it is totally worth it. The chapters in the end are very interesting and I couldn't put the book down! I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who is interested in acting. It contains the basics of Stanislavski's method (along with "An actor prepares"). Some concepts of the method are really hard to ...more
to read about mine of stanislavcki to building a character.
salah satu buku penting dari 'bapak teater' dunia: 'building a character'. buku ini melengkapi buku dari pengarang yang sama, yang diterjemahkan oleh ws.rendra duluuu...
[saya gak tau pasti, apakah ini buku yang sama?]
buku ini baru saya beli kemaren, cukup tebal dengan kertas ringan sehingga enteng dibawa-bawa.
yang menjengkelkan dari buku ini adalah sampulnya kok bergambar butet, yang tidak ada kena-mengenanya dengan teater garasi yang kaya dengan aktor-aktor hebat.
Stanislavski may have written this for actors, but as a writer, i found it unique and very helpful in writing a screenplay. It was a whole new picture of purpose and method. It was given me by mentor and friend, John Brascia, a screenwriter, producer, who was also the primary dancer in "White Christmas." He said the book will add to your depth and push you to work harder as a writer to present a character as Stanislavski creates.
Mark Woodland
Volume 2 of THE classic actor's handbook, and though "Method Acting" is essentially out of style, you have to know where the art has been to understand where it is now. It's still a fascinating read, as it was written during the discovery of the technique itself.
Indah Threez Lestari
Aug 16, 2010 Indah Threez Lestari rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: para aktor karbitan sinetron atau film tanpa kemampuan dasar akting
Membaca buku ini mengingatkanku pada latihan keras Maya Kitajima dalam serial Topeng Kaca untuk menjadi aktor yang mumpuni. Menjadi aktor memang bukan sekedar tampil di panggung atau depan kamera dengan hanya mengandalkan tampang keren atau nama beken.
In Building a Character, Stanislavski outlines the work an actor needs to do to develop himself to have a sharp vocal, physical, and emotionally expressive instrument. Again a brilliant book.
While it offers some interesting insights, on the whole, not as useful as I had recalled. There are some much better, more recent works in the American Method tradition(s) on technique.
اگرچه در یک دوره ، شاید تا نیمه ی قرن بیستم، این کتاب راهنمایی برای بازیگران و کارگردانان تیاتر بود، گمان نکنم هنوز هم از "متد استانیسلاوسکی" استفاده می شود.
Luiz Filho
Great!! The last chapters is just a must read to all actors.
Christina knox
this book is instrumental to my instrument.
Color me pretentious!

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Constantin Sergeyevich Stanislavski was a Russian actor and theatre director.

Stanislavski's innovative contribution to modern European and American realistic acting has remained at the core of mainstream western performance training for much of the last century. Building on the directorially-unified aesthetic and ensemble playing of the Meiningen company and the naturalistic staging of Antoine and
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