An Actor's Work: A Student's Diary

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2008-01-10
  • Publisher: Routledge

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a??scrupulously precisea?? a?? Marie-Christine Autant-Mathieu, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris a??a far more authentic Stanislavskya? a valuable new translation, which is fuller and more readable than anything else previously attempteda?? - Laurence Senelick, Tufts University, Boston a??very readablea? a vast improvementa?? a?? Bella Merlin, University of Exeter, UK a??Jean Benedetti has brought his usual extensive scholarship and thorough knowledge of Russian to provide a version that is more complete, much more accurate, and more readable a?? - Richard Hornby, University of California, Riverside Stanislavskia??s a??systema?? 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 actingsingle-handedly revolutionised standards of acting in the theatre. Until now, readers and students have had to contend with inaccurate, misleading and difficult-to-read English-language versions. Some of the mistranslations have resulted in profound distortions in the way his system has been interpreted and taught. At last, Jean Benedetti has succeeded in translating Stanislavskia??s huge manual into a lively, fascinating and accurate text in English. He has remained faithful to the author's original intentions, putting the two books previously known as An Actor Prepares and Building A Character back together into one volume, and in a colloquial and readable style for today's actors. The result is a major contribution to the theatre, and a service to one of the great innovators of the twentieth century.

Table of Contents

Translator's Foreword
Year One
The stage as art and stock-in-trade
Muscular release
Bits and tasks
Belief and the sense of truth
Emotion memory
Contact and communication
Psychological drives
Psychological drives in action
The Actor's creative state
The Supertask, through-action
The subconscious and the Actor
Year Two
Transition to physical embodiment
Physical education
Voice and speech
Physical characteristics
Finishing touches
Ethics and discipline
External creative state
General creative state
The system Appendices
Glossary of Key Terms
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