My Life in Art Paperback – Oct 8 2004
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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 book...is 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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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.
A must read for those of the stage!
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