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An Actor's Work (The Acting Books #1-2)

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Stanislavski s system has dominated actor-training in the West since his writings were first translated into English in the 1920s and 30s. His systematic attempt to outline a psycho-physical technique for acting single-handedly revolutionized standards of acting in the theatre.

Until now, readers and students have had to contend with inaccurate, misleading and difficult-to-
Paperback, 693 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Routledge (first published 1938)
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Feb 01, 2011 Dani rated it really liked it
When I read An Actor Prepares in my first acting class of my undergraduate career, it changed my life. Okay, to say it changed my life is a little drastic but it really gave me a new perspective on acting. I had never much thought about theory or process before that point.

Fast forward 7 and a half years and here I am reading this new translation combined with Stanislavski's other work Building a Character and it's just as mind opening. I love theory, I love exploring what makes acting work and m
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Aug 24, 2014 Michael Gilboe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Everything you thought you knew is wrong. Well, not exactly. But this translation has many significant differences in terms from the translation everyone has been reading for decades. Overall, I feel like this is written more plainly. It would probably be easier to understand in general, however, while the translation feels very faithful and accurate, it is also less heavily edited. Thus, it rambles a bit more as well. Overall very solid, and in any case, this is the one I will use to teach acti ...more
Oct 05, 2011 Kt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatre, non-fiction
Seems to be the best and most comprehensive English translation of the original Russian text.
Jan 19, 2017 Jackie rated it liked it
The last time I read this book was in 2011, so it seemed like about time that I pick up an Actor's Work again. I'm glad I did because there were many helpful lessons in the book, but this is a VERY dry read. This is not the kind of book you stay up all night reading, it's practically a textbook for actors. Helpful, but painful push through at times.
Mar 23, 2016 R rated it really liked it
the section on rhythm and beats was really of the book were hard to interpret..and although the content was good, parts of it was written poorly...I would recommend for any beginner actor to start here
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Feb 28, 2010 Erin Ziebro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this book for an acting class I took. Although dense and at times hard to get through, Stanislavski knows what he is talking about. I learned to much from just the first half of this book!
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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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