- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; Revised edition (2 May 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415258766
- ISBN-13: 978-0415258760
- Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 1.7 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 228,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Its greatest virtue is not so much that you can't put it down but that you have to put it down - in order to try it out.' - Research in Drama Education
'To the Actor is by far the best book that I have read on the subject of acting. Actors, directors, writers and critics will be grateful for it.' - Gregory Peck
'There's this need to continue growth; to expand. For me, Chekhov's system is the most complete.' - Robert Davi, interviewed on the set of his TV series, 'The Profiler'
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Have you ever asked yourself, what is the point to all this? Why do I take dance, film, or whatever area of the arts I am working in or writing about, so seriously? Chekov takes us to a place where, instead of making the art form meaningful, you take what is meaningful and find it in the art form. Written in 1953, it is as valuable and relevant, both to dance and movies, now as it was then.
Accolades for Chekov's techniques are quoted on the inside flyleaf from Anthony Quinn, Clint Eastwood, Jack Nicholson, Marilyn Monroe and Sir Anthony Hopkins. Gregory Peck called it, "by far the best book that I have ever read on the subject of acting. Actors, directors, writers and critics will be grateful for it." I could add the present writer, who has used the merest smidgen of Chekhov's psychological techniques to bring about quite miraculous results to bear on the problems facing himself and his friends in some areas of work.
Chekhov uses transformational imagery. The way he empowers an actor is the way that he can empower a dancer. The same energy that creates new ways of using a camera. But, unlike Stanislavski and the other theorists that are central to the development of new cinema and new dance, Chekov is easy to follow. It's like having a master psychologist sitting on your shoulder, showing you how to approach things differently and opening up more possibilities than you could have ever dreamt of. And each step is totally practical.Read more ›
It was through director and tutor Joerg Andrees, regarded globally as one of the foremost exponents of the Michael Chekhov Technique that I came across it.
Joerg brought my understanding of Chekhov to another level. For anyone who is interested in pursuing a practical training in the Michael Chekhov technique, I highly recommend his course in Dublin, Ireland.
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great actors need great actors to write the books to make us even better Watch this space !!!!!!!!!Published 10 months ago by LadyB
I bought this for my daughter who is studying drama and she said it is a very helpful book and gives her further knowledge in this area.Published on 12 Nov. 2013 by Glenn Neaves