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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Plume; Reissue edition (Oct. 1 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0452261988
  • ISBN-13: 978-0452261983
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 1.2 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #138,208 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

In this short work, noted director Strasberg (1901-1982) tells how the teachings of Stanislavsky changed his life and describes his own discoveries and techniques in the art of acting. PW designated this as "essential reading for actors, directors and students of theater." Photos.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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YA In this excellent resource for un derstanding ``the method,'' Strasberg explains how he discovered and devel oped what has become of the most de finitive method of training actors. Easy to read, it is written in an autobiograph ical style with non-technical language. YAs will be entranced by Strasberg's experiences with famous actors and his sharing of his fears and successes. A must for high-school students and teachers of drama. Clinton Carbon, Episcopal High School, Bellaire
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on Sept. 16 2003
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I feel that Mr. Strasberg was not the genius some people made him out to be. His system was not well rounded, effective or practical.
The whole method is very crippling for actors due to how 'heavy handed' it is. Strasberg was a bit of a dark soul himself and that is how his method is-dark and angst ridden. You would walk into a method class and feel like it was a mortuary, not a place where art is taking place, where there is creativity, self expression, love for the craft, you know, all the things that makes acting exciting and fun! No, the Strasberg trained people are lost in trying to dig up all their lost unconscious agony. You become obsessed with emotion, your past, your pain etc. That might be OK for a therapeutic environment, but not an acting class. The result is that you carry that attitude with you wherever you go and you become much too serious about yourself and acting. You start to leave behind the simple idea of'make believe' and trade it in for your Strasbergian process of deadly serious matters. In that process you lose touch with that inspired, fun side of acting and your joy for the process dimishes more and more as time go on. Not to mention that you don't exactly leave a great impression at auditions. (Method actors are usually way too serious at auditions and come across heavy handed). The training is not at all well rounded. It puts almost all the emphasis on your emotional states and how in touch with your feelings you are during a scene and puts very little emphasis on imagination and good scene analysis. Two very important things!!
If you do your research you will find out that Strasberg was not a very well accepted man in the acting community-at all.
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Probably the most famous acting teacher in modern times. I think this book is a necessary read for any actor, teacher, director. I've read and heard so much controversy over this man. It's fascinating to read about his journey. Some of the stereotypes of his method are crushed in this book. I have to respect these teachers who devoted their lives to finding some kind of answer for their students and actors everywhere. Strasberg, Adler, Meisner, Lewis, Hagen. Even if you don't agree with his ideas or techniques it is an extremely interesting read on the evolution of theater in this country.
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Probably the most famous acting teacher in modern times. I think this book is a necessary read for any actor, teacher, director. I've read and heard so much controversy over this man. It's fascinating to read about his journey. Some of the stereotypes of his method are crushed in this book. I have to respect these teachers who devoted their lives to finding some kind of answer for their students and actors everywhere. Strasberg, Adler, Meisner, Lewis, Hagen. Even if you don't agree with his ideas or techniques it is an extremely interesting read on the evolution of theater in this country.
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By A Customer on June 26 2004
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Firstly, if you are not truly devoted to acting, you will not find this book all that interesting. But if you are a Method devotee, then you will find much info & interesting anecdotes here.
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By Anonymous on May 1 2000
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This book is absoulutly grreat! If you want to get into acting, you must read this book. I gauruntee it :)
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