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This new translation by Benedetti of Stanislavski's famous works An Actor Prepares and Building a Character will be greeted with excitement by actors everywhere. The actor training system developed by Stanislavski in the early 20th century for the Moscow Art Theatre had a profound impact on acting styles around the world and forms the basis for nearly all contemporary actor training. The original English translations that appeared in the 1930s gave rise to several different American interpretations, the best known of which is method acting. For decades, the translations by Elizabeth Hapgood have been the standard text for actors interested in the Stanislavski system. Benedetti, the author of several previous books on Stanislavski, has both improved and expanded upon the Hapgood editions, and the result is a longer yet much more readable text. Essential for all theater collections and highly recommended for all public libraries.-Katherine Litwin, Pierre Berton Resource Lib., Woodbridge, Ont.Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.