Stella Adler on the Art and Technique of Acting

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(Applause Books). Stella Adler was one of the 20th Century's greatest figures. She is arguably the most important teacher of acting in American history. Over her long career, both in New York and Hollywood, she offered her vast acting knowledge to generations of actors, including Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and Robert De Niro. The great voice finally ended in the early Nineties, but her decades of experience and teaching have been brilliantly caught and encapsulated by Howard Kissel in the twenty-two lessons in this book.

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Stella Adler - The Art of Acting: preface by Marlon Brando compiled & edited by Howard Kissel

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Overview

(Applause Books). Stella Adler was one of the 20th Century's greatest figures. She is arguably the most important teacher of acting in American history. Over her long career, both in New York and Hollywood, she offered her vast acting knowledge to generations of actors, including Marlon Brando, Warren Beatty, and Robert De Niro. The great voice finally ended in the early Nineties, but her decades of experience and teaching have been brilliantly caught and encapsulated by Howard Kissel in the twenty-two lessons in this book.

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Library Journal
This second collection of Adler's papers precedes the material found in the previous collection (Stella Adler on Ibsen, Strindberg and Chekov, LJ 4/15/99), ending as she begins text analysis. Here Kissel (David Merrick) has taken tapes, transcriptions, notebooks, and other sources to reconstruct an acting course in 22 lessons. What results is Adler at her strongest. Coming from a theatrical family and having studied with Stanislavsky, she became an old-fashioned autocratic teacher determined to pass on the best that she knows. She was certainly the best of her generation. The lessons are graduated from very basic matters to quite complex issues of textual analysis and decorum. Though mostly monologs, they include enough exercises and student responses to get the flavor of Adler's work. Some themes run through these classes: American culture is bankrupt, Lee Strasberg got Stanislavsky wrong, and class and its formality must be learned in order to do major plays through the realist period. This is required reading for anyone interested in theater practice.--Thomas E. Luddy, Salem State Coll., MA Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
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Drawing on an archive of notebooks, transcriptions, and audiotapes of Adler's work, Kissel (cultural critic with the New York ) presents the lessons and insights she brought to the craft of acting. Adler's classroom lectures are presented, and their significance is discussed. She addresses the discipline of the actor's body, mind, and imagination. She looks at the techniques for creating believable characters and bringing authenticity to the performance, and the importance of understanding time, setting and style. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781557833730
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Series: Acting Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 275
  • Sales rank: 155,543
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface 7
Class 1 First Steps On Stage 9
Class 2 The World of the Stage Isn't Your World 29
Class 3 Acting Is Doing 44
Class 4 The Actor Needs to Be Strong 53
Class 5 Developing the Imagination 63
Class 6 Making the World of the Play Your Own 75
Class 7 Getting Hold of Acting's Controls 86
Class 8 Learning Actions 94
Class 9 Making Actions Doable 103
Class 10 Building a Vocabulary of Actions 114
Class 11 Instant and Inner Justifications 125
Class 12 Complicating Actions 138
Class 13 Giving Actions Size 148
Class 14 Understanding the Text 160
Class 15 Character Elements 178
Class 16 Dressing the Part 189
Class 17 Learning a Character's Rhythm 199
Class 18 Actors Are Aristocrats 207
Class 19 Making the Costume Real 215
Class 20 The Actor Is a Warrior 226
Class 21 Stanislavski and the New Realistic Drama 235
Class 22 Portraying Class on Stage 249
Afterword 262
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2002

    A Must

    This book is absolutely fantastic if you're interested in becoming an actor. Stella's lessons are straight to the point she's trying to teach. This book has helped me to give much insight to my own acting. PICK UP THIS BOOK!

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