- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Methuen Drama; New edition edition (11 Jan. 1979)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0413367207
- ISBN-13: 978-0413367204
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 249,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Building a Character (Performance Books) Paperback – 11 Jan 1979
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"Indispensable for the actor, stimulating for the layman."-"The Nation "Anyone who attempts to train actors or to direct plays will find here a great mine of practical wisdom, all informed by Stanislavski's grasp of the art itself."-Francis Fergusson, "Educational Theatre Journal "In (this book) Stanislavski, assuming the reader's familiarity with the 'inner technique', proceeds to study costume and the wearing of costume, bodily movement, voice, speech and the use of language, and tempo and rhythm-- the more external but essential techniques whereby the actor learns to use his physical instrument . . . and he expounds them as only a master can; i.e., with the insight and authority of talent plus expeirence. Anyone who attempts to train actors or to direct plays will find here a great mine of practical wisdom."-Francis Fergusson, "Education Theatre Journal "The chapter on Diction and Singing offers an analysis of basic problems of singing that is unrivaled."-"Musical America --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Constantin Stanislavski died in 1938 and is the most influential person in actor training to date. As co-founder of the Moscow Art Theatre, he developed his theories of acting. Elizabeth Reynold Hapgood (Translator) - An editor and translator and Head of the Russian Department at Columbia University worked with Stanislavski before he died. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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AT THE beginning of our lesson I told Tortsov, the Director of our school and theatre, that I could comprehend with my mind the process of planting and training within myself the elements necessary to create character, but that it was still unclear to me how to achieved the building of that character in physical term. Read the first page
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They will need reading and re-reading. I still haven't finished them and i've had them a long time now!
But they offer fantastic techniques, advice and ideas that really are invaluable to actors everywhere. I would fully recommend these to anyone seriously involved in their A level or AS level Drama studies, because Stanislavski's pretty important to us!
But be prepared to have your brain taxed, and maybe have a slightly lighter, more "trashy" book to hand for when your brain just needs a rest :-p
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This review will be simpler than the book : If you want to understand how to set about creating a character as an actor, really creating a character then buy this book. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2010 by Jen