An Improvised Life: A Memoir

An Improvised Life: A Memoir

by Alan Arkin
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An Improvised Life: A Memoir by Alan Arkin

Alan Arkin knew he was going to be an actor from the age of five: "Every film I saw, every play, every piece of music fed an unquenchable need to turn myself into something other than what I was." An Improvised Life is the Oscar winner's wise and unpretentious recollection of the process--artistic and personal--of becoming an actor, and a revealing look into the creative mind of one of the best practitioners on stage or screen. In a manner that is direct, down-to-earth, accessible, and articulate, Arkin reveals insights not only about himself (and his audience and students), but also truths for the rest of us about work, relationships, and sense of self.

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ISBN-13: 9780306819667
Publisher: Da Capo Press
Publication date: 03/01/2011
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 1,343,736
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin, who has starred and appeared in more than 80 films, is also a director, musician, and children's book author. Born in Manhattan, he currently lives in New Mexico.

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pkreadz More than 1 year ago
Alan Arkin has always intrigued me. Decades ago, his onscreen intensity was constant and often volatile. The intensity abides, but these days, it has a much more considered quality. I chalked it up to the kind of self-possession that comes with the knocks I imagined Arkin experienced. When I stumbled across his memoir, I figured hey, 224 pages, what have I got to lose? The book. is. wonderful. Starting with the cover photo, Arkin's genuine pleasure speaks volumes. He writes with such openness and generosity that I hated to put the book down. I read it a chapter or two at a time as much to absorb his wisdom as to prolong the experience. Arkin's insights on acting have given me a new perspective on the craft and a fuller appreciation of a successful performance. In turn, willing readers can take away useful life lessons. This is a terrific book by any standard.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago