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  • Paperback: 503 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Pr of the Pacific (Oct. 8 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1410216926
  • ISBN-13: 978-1410216922
  • Product Dimensions: 19.1 x 2.6 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 898 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,193,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A great figure upon the world scene, one of the greatest men of the theatre that ever lived." -- N.Y. Herald-Tribune

"It was a source of great enlightenment to me." -- Sir Laurence Olivier

"This wise and delightful book . . . is packed with sage practical counsel to actors and actresses." -- The Times Literary Supplement (London)

"This wise and delightful packed with sage practical counsel to actors and actresses." (The Times Literary Supplement (London)) -- Times Literary Supplement (U.K.) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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"Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art." Truly one of the world's greatest arts educators, Stanislavsky's autobiography is beautifully written. It is a fascinating portrait of the history of modern acting and also of Russian history. Absolutely key for understanding the Method, and the development of today's theater.
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HASH(0xa76e4618) out of 5 stars For the actor and the historian April 11 2000
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Format: Paperback
"Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art." Truly one of the world's greatest arts educators, Stanislavsky's autobiography is beautifully written. It is a fascinating portrait of the history of modern acting and also of Russian history. Absolutely key for understanding the Method, and the development of today's theater.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa76e4a80) out of 5 stars New translation a gift Aug. 3 2008
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Stanislavski's "My Life in Art" was written in haste during the Moscow Art Theatre's 1922-24 European and American tours and translated into a language he neither spoke nor understood by a mysterious individual (J.J. Robbins) with less than satisfactory credentials for the job. For nearly a century this has been the version available in English and for the most part anywhere in the world outside of Russia. But upon returning to Moscow Stanislavski continued to write and revise the book which was later published in Russia and considered by Stanislavski to be both definitive and the version he was satisfied with.

Thus, Jean Bendetti's new translation of the Russian version is a welcome and valuable gift, not only to actors and the theatre but to art and artistic endeavor in general. Much is the same as the original Engligh version in terms of content, but much is also new and different, never before available in English. Of particular interest are the appendices recounting Stanislavski's more personal memories of Chekhov and the later European and American tours.

An important aspect lost in the previous translation was Stanislavski's personal, conversational tone, which is how the book itself was written; i.e. Stanislavski spoke and what he said was scribed. Thus, a whole new feeling comes of this translation that is extremely valuable, if not priceless. It is nearly impossible not to feel that you know Stanislavski very personally after reading the book. Particularly in the last section (the appendix of the European-American tour) you feel as if he has spoken to you personally about the entire experience. As such the voice and personality of this great master speaks and can be discovered once more in a way that has previously not been possible. This alone is more than worth the price of the book.

Indeed this will be a valuable and cherished volume for years to come, if not an entirely new rejuvenation of what was in its time a classic, historically influential and historically significant work.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa76e4a2c) out of 5 stars For any college-level collection serious about acquiring drama classics. May 4 2008
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Format: Hardcover
Before writing his opus manual on acting technique, Stanislavski wrote an autobiography he hoped would detail his life and philosophy - but his publisher insisted on many cuts and changes to its length, resulting in a diminutive version Stanislavski hated - and completely revised for a 1926 Soviet edition. For the first time translator Jean Benedetti brings English readers this complete Soviet edition, pairing it with new photos and illustrations and creating a keepsake edition for any college-level collection serious about acquiring drama classics.
HASH(0xa76e4dc8) out of 5 stars From the Russian Master himself! Sept. 21 2007
By Sylviastel - Published on
Format: Paperback
Stanislavsky is still the most influential figure in modern or contemporary theater. In this book, he is open about his life especially the rough years in Russia, his first exposure to the theater, his first time at directing. He also writes about his professional relationship with another Russian, Anton Chekhov. He writes about his travels mostly in Russia such as his journeys to Petrograd, the Russian provinces that inspired many of Chekhov's plays, and of course his first journey abroad. The book is really for theater junkies like myself who would have loved to have been a theatrical actress or director but life isn't so bad. He has directed William Shakespeare's tragedies like Othello and Julius Caesar along with Chekhov favorites like The Cherry Orchard, The Three Sisters, Uncle Vanya and The Sea Gull. Stanislavsky also founded and developed the Moscow Theater Company. He did it all for love, not money nor fame. He became rich in so many other ways.
HASH(0xa76e4a50) out of 5 stars A Life To Aspire To May 7 2006
By Andrew Jon Abrahamson - Published on
Format: Paperback
For those in the arts, and especially those in dramatic art, this book is a must. It is the account of the father of modern truthful acting and a look into what a life spent towards creating art is about. While at times the book can drag a bit and get wordy, there is too much insight and inspiration in this book to pass it by. It is so wonderful to have an account of this mans amazing life in his own words to read, study and eventually aim for.

A must read for those of the stage!