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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for aspiring actors, Jan. 24 2012
This review is from: Challenge For The Actor (Hardcover)
Absolutely wonderful and helpful book on acting. Details, details, details! She demands the reader respect the art form. Inside out approach that asks the actor to look within them self before examining a character.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Total Must-Read, June 26 2004
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If you are a serious actor, you cannot claim skill without having read this classic. It will blow your acing mind.
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5.0 out of 5 stars actors, students, all must read and re-read this book, April 2 2004
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All I can say is that this is simply the most wonderful, intelligent, helpful and frank book on acting. Uta Hagen was a talented performer and teacher and every actor MUST own this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More like an updated edition, yes, Feb. 3 2000
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My own acting teacher, who has herself been a student of Ms. Hagen's, has suggested that Ms. Hagen actually prefers that students of acting refer to this book rather than her previous one ('Respect for Acting'), because in it, not only does she expand on the ideas presented in the earlier work, but she also actually revises some of the ideas she presented in the first book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great follow up to Respect for Acting, Aug. 24 1998
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After having read Respect for Acting, I had discovered that Ms Hagen had written another book. Immediately I went out and bought it. While I found it every bit as fascinating as the first I must say a lot of it is repeats from the first book. Even some of the wording is the same. That said, it is still a wonderful read. her ideas are more concise, her craft more honed, and her expansion well worth the cover price. I especially liked the first chapter where she discusses The Actor's World. Here she goes into a bit of history we all would be better off to know, and she tells a little more about herself. When she talks about the McCarthy hearings, and in particular her radio speecah afterwards, I was moved to tears. Her words on Edwin Booth have sparked my interest in him and the "Golden Era of the Actor." Uta has done it again. Now if only I could meet her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars More Like a Second Edition, Dec 5 1997
This review is from: Challenge For The Actor (Hardcover)
Although the synopsis found above suggests this book is entirely new, looking at it as a second edition to her first acting book, RESPECT FOR ACTING, is probably more accurate. It is still full of the tangible practice techniques an actor needs, but it has been updated with additional sections her previous book didn't include. RESPECT FOR ACTING was separated into three parts: One-The Actor; Two-The Object Exercises; and Three-The Play and the Role. In A CHALLENGE FOR THE ACTOR there are four parts: One-The Actor; Two-The Human Techniques; Three-The Exercises; and Four-The Role. Hagen doesn't simply rehash what she wrote in her first book; she's refined her techniques and expanded them. The two of her books used in conjunction might be the only reference books an actor needs on the craft of acting. First rate writing from one of the most revered and respected actresses to ever take the stage.
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Challenge For The Actor by Uta Hagen (Hardcover - Aug. 21 1991)
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