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"This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen's credo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimate communion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exacting standards for herself and those she teaches, and an explanation of the means to the end. For those unable to avail themselves of her personal tutelage, her book is the best substitute."
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"This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagen's credo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimate communion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exacting standards for herself and those she teaches, and an explanation of the means to the end. For those unable to avail themselves of her personal tutelage, her book is the best substitute."
Publishers Weekly

"Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting is not only pitched on a high artistic level but it is full of homely, practical information by a superb craftswoman. crafts-woman. An illuminating discussion of the standards and techniques of enlightened stage acting."
Brooks Atkinson

"Hagen adds to the large corpus of titles on acting with vivid dicta drawn from experience, skill, and a sense of personal and professional worth. Her principal asset in this treatment is her truly significant imagination. Her ‘object exercises’ display a wealth of detail with which to stimulate the student preparing a scene for presentation."
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"Respect for Acting is a simple, lucid and sympathetic statement of actors' problems in the theatre and basic tenets for their training wrought from the personal experience of a fine actress and teacher of acting."
Harold Clurman

"Uta Hagen's Respect for Acting…is a relatively small book. But within it Miss Hagen tells the young actor about as much as can be conveyed in print of his craft."
Los Angeles Times

"Uta Hagen is our greatest living actor; she is, moreover, interested and mystified by the presence of talent and its workings; her third gift is a passion to communicate the mysteries of the craft to which she has given her life. There are almost no American actors uninfluenced by her."
Fritz Weaver

"This is a textbook for aspiring actors, but working thespians can profit much by it. Anyone with just a casual interest in the theater should also enjoy its behind-the-scenes flavor. Respect for Acting is certainly a special book, perhaps for a limited readership, but of its "How-To" kind I'd give it four curtain calls, and two hollers of "Author, Author
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This is a book for people who respect--or wish they could--the theatre on both sides of the footlights, for the actor and audience who favor truth in a creative process. The constructive stages of work delve into performance as well as the issues surrounding a necessary change in the theatre. Among Hagen's distinguished students were Jack Lemmon, Geraldine Page, and Jason Robards.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780025473904
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/1973
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.69 (w) x 8.33 (h) x 0.83 (d)

Meet the Author

UTA HAGEN was born in Germany in 1919 and made her Broadway debut in 1938 as Nina in the Lunt-Fontanne production of The Sea Gull. Among some of the twenty or more Broadway productions in which she has starred are: Othello, Key Largo, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Country Girl, Saint Joan, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Recently she starred in the Twentieth-Century Fox film The Other. Even during her playing engagements she has never stopped teaching at the HB Studio. Geraldine Page, Fritz Weaver, Jason Robards, Jack Lemmon, Steve McQueen are only a few of the many fine actors she has helped to send on their way. She has also performed and directed at the HB Playwright's Foundation in numerous productions. Miss Hagen has been ably assisted in the writing of this book by Haskel Frankel, drama critic of The National Observer.
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Table of Contents

PART ONE: The Actor.

Introduction.

1. Concept.

2. Identity.

3. Substitution.

4. Emotional Memory.

5. Sense Memory.

6. The Five Senses.

7. Thinking.

8. Walking and Talking.

9. Improvisation.

10. Reality.

PART TWO: The Object Exercises.

Introduction.

11. The Basic Object Exercise.

12. Three Entrances.

13. Immediacy.

14. The Forth Wall.

15. Endowment.

16. Talking to Yourself.

17. Outdoors.

18. Conditioning Forces.

19. History.

20. Character Action.

PART THREE: The Play and the Role.

Introduction.

21. First Contact with The Play.

22. The Character.

23. Circumstances.

24. Relationship.

25. The Objective.

26. The Obstacle.

27. The Action.

28. The Rehearsal.

29. Practical Problems.

30. Communication.

31. Style.

Epilogue.

Index.

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  • Posted December 9, 2010

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    Great Book, better if you buy it on Nook Color.

    Uta hagen is the meaning of acting she knows her stuff inside out. It's amazing how she describles each lesson with so much detail.You would have to read this book many times before you actually get everything.I will carry this book forever, what makes it better is that you can get it on your Nook Color and highlight and take notes which makes it make easier instead of writing all the time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2004

    Uta Hagen has Established the 'Best in Theater Text'

    As a theater major in the early 80's this was the text used at Conservatory. Now some 20 odd years later I use it in my Performance classes. This is a must for the would be, should be and will be actor. Brava Madame Hagen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2000

    A Good Start for an Actor

    Miss Uta created a very usefull book for an actor needing a good start in technique or someone just trying to review...it is very easy to read, understand and apply!

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  • Posted April 18, 2014

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    Practical and Honest Account on Life as an Actor This is only t

    Practical and Honest Account on Life as an Actor

    This is only the second book on acting I have read so far, the first one being Boleslavsky's Acting: The First Six Lessons, so naturally I've been comparing the two a lot while reading. I love Uta Hagen's book stresses the craft part of acting with highly practical exercises. This is definitely in line with Boleslavsky who stresses that the art of acting cannot be taught but that techniques can be learned to perfect the tools of concentration, poise, and projection, to name a few. I have found both books really great preparation for my first workshop, which is coming up soon!

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