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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge (23 Dec. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415194520
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415194525
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.5 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,023 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This excellent volume presents authoritative explications of a number of the contending positions... Including an excellent bibliography, notes, and some illustrations, this volume is recommended to students of acting on all levels and to their teachers, who may be led to reexamine their own work..

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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By ddpops on 5 Aug. 2001
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In 'Twentieth Century Actor Training' Alison Hodge manages to draw together the different methods of fourteen of this century's greatest theatre practitioners, from Stanislavski to Wlodzimierz Staniewski. This book is a must for all students of theatre studies or any other performance related studies. The book comprises of fourteen chapters, all by different authors. Each chapter is broken down into three basic sections, a potted history of the life of each practitioner, a breakdown of the key elements that they used in actor training, including many examples, and finally a history of how these principles were used in performance. The text is divided into manageable sections with several photographs of historical productions some helping to explain and demonstrate the method in practice (such as Meyerhold's 'biomechanics'). Considering the content and breadth of this book I consider it extremely good value and well worth adding to the bookcase of anybody who is interested in this 'unique phenomenon'.
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By BBJ on 4 Jan. 2011
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This was requested; I found it online; bought it for a fair price; handed it over when it was delivered; and promptly forgot all about it. Hence the delay in posting a review!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Stanislavski was basically an amateur... 4 Jun. 2000
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David Mamet in his "Truth and Heresy" accuses the Stanislavski as being an amateur.. and essentially he was correct... despite that he set in motion a wide range of thinking about the "art" of acting.
This book maps what has taken place since Konstantin Stanislavski set in place the quest for "truth". A very useful and informative text covering 14 of the major movements in actor training from the twentieth century. This is a great distillation of the major elements of each aproach. Includes significant discussion of the practitioners and their contexts.
A great choice for anyone interested in the development of contemporary theatre. As a Drama teacher I find this a great resource for students.
This one graces my bookshelf it should also be on yours.
An Actor's Book of Eh 2 Dec. 2010
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Not a bad book, I wouldn't read it again. This book looks into 14 acting styles that one actor will loose their mind trying to figure out which one is best for them. I personally sick with Miesner and Stanislavsky and I have done fine. The movements are different and unique and are not for everyone. It reads like an instruction manual and unless you have someone familiar with the movement good luck trying to decipher the text.
great purchase 6 Sept. 2011
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Twentieth century actor training is a fantastic book full of really helpful advice and strategies for upcoming teachers or drama enthusists. The book was in fantastic condition however it did take a long time to arrive. still a great buy and im very happy with it.
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