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Building A Character / Edition 1

Building A Character / Edition 1


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Building a Character is one of the three volumes that make up Stanislavski’s The Acting Trilogy.

An Actor Prepares explores the inner preparation an actor must undergo in order to explore a role to the full. In this volume, Sir John Gielgud said, this great director “found time to explain a thousand things that have always troubled actors and fascinated students.”

Building a Character discusses the external techniques of acting: the use of the body, movement, diction, singing, expression, and control.

Creating a Role describes the preparation that precedes actual performance, with extensive discussions of Gogol’s The Inspector General and Shakespeare’s Othello. Sir Paul Scofield called Creating a Role “immeasurably important” for the actor.

These three volumes belong on any actor’s short shelf of essential books.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878309825
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/28/1989
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 115,457
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

Constantin Stanislavski (1863-1938), arguably the most influential director in the history of the theater, was the founder of the renowned Moscow Art Theater. A pioneer of psychological realism and improvisation on the stage, he devoted his life to developing the performance techniques now emulated throughout the world.

Table of Contents

Note by the Translatorix
1.Toward a Physical Characterization1
2.Dressing a Character7
3.Characters and Types19
4.Making the Body Expressive35
5.Plasticity of Motion49
6.Restraint and Control75
7.Diction and Singing87
8.Intonations and Pauses117
9.Accentuation: The Expressive Word161
10.Perspective in Character Building189
11.Tempo-Rhythm in Movement201
12.Speech Tempo-Rhythm247
13.Stage Charm271
14.Toward an Ethics for the Theatre275
15.Patterns of Accomplishment297
16.Some Conclusions on Acting319

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