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by Constantin Stanislavsky

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ISBN: 1447439325
ISBN13: 978-1447439325
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Performing Arts
Author: Constantin Stanislavsky
Language: English
Publisher: Aristophanes Press (November 29, 2011)
Pages: 322 pages
ePUB size: 1396 kb
FB2 size: 1904 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 261
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Stanislavski is a familiar name in theatre circles. The legendary director of the Moscow Art Theatre wrote perhaps some of the most influential books on acting in the last century. I could list the big names who cite his influence (most famously, Marlon Brando and Sir John Gielgud), but the fact is his teachings have become so much a part of the way we approach theatre, that almost any actor in the English-speaking world (and abroad) can claim at least some influence.

Elizabeth Hapgood's translation of Stanislavski's work (featured on this page) remains the most widely circulated among English speakers. Unfortunately, it is also highly problematic. By publishing her translations as two separate books "An Actor Prepares" and "Building a Character", Hapgood unintentionally misrepresented Stanislavski's original intentions. In actuality, "An Actor Prepares" and "Building a Character" were both written as two parts of a single book, called "An Actor's Work on Himself."

Hapgood had worked with Stanislavski on an early version of Part One. However, Stanislavski continued to revise his manuscript even after Hapgood had returned home to America. What would eventually be published as "An Actor Prepares" was actually a much-abridged version of what she received from Stanislavski. Not only that, but it is missing Stanislavski's subsequent revisions.

The translation itself is especially difficult to get through. The diction is quaint and Victorian and brings to mind Constance Garrett's dowdy translations of Dostoevsky. What's more is that Stanislavski's sense of humor is largely censored, in favor of contriving a more flowing narrative. While this is understandable, this drastically alters the reader's understanding of Stanislavski's system. The original featured more dialogue among the students to flesh out the concepts in better detail.

To read a modern translation of Stanislavski's work in its complete form, check out Jean Benedetti's excellent An Actor's Work. Up until the publication of Benedetti's book, I would have been perfectly content to recommend the Hapgood version. But the release of the new translation, which is both more readable and truer to Stanislavski's intentions, now fully highlights how impoverished this edition actually is.
Its a rough read, to be completely honest. Its not exactly thrilling, but if youre an actor this is a must read. Stanislavski set the bar for modern day actors/acting, and his teachings at the very least must be studied by any aspiring actor. Now, if your looking for something interesting to read. and youre NOT interested in acting and theatre, this probably isn't for you. I love acting, and i bought this for my class, but i'm not a very focused reader and this was a battle to get through.
Physically, my copy was fine, i got a used one which i promplty spilled coffee all over and filled with highlights and notes ;) a personal touch i guess. Anyways, i'm very happy with my buy, the book was great quality, but its not for everyone.
This book is an essential reference for anyone interested in understanding in depth acting techniques. Written as a story rather than a manual is makes it more pleasurable to read in that sense for people interested in the craft. However for someone looking for a fun read, this book might still see way too technical and delves into too much detail that may disinterest the casual reader
Really didn’t expect this book to be as good as it is. It was recommended to me by a writer to improve character development but has improved many other areas of my life as well. Wish I had it decades ago.
Arabella V.
We utilized this book in my methods of Stanislavski class, and matched with the material my instructor selected, it was very beneficial in furthering my acting techniques. A little obscure at times, but overall very effective in demonstrating the different aspects of Stanislavski's teachings.
The way it is written like a story makes it not only a brilliant read for any aspiring actor, but makes it fun for both actors and anyone looking for a good read. You learn alot about Stanislavski and about yourself.
Its a little boring watching the students ask so many question, I would like a book with the lessons only but this makes you learn too
Gave it to a friend- who loved it