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Artaud and Strasberg a Quest for Reality [Kindle Edition]

Andy Jones
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Book Description

Join Andy Jones as he takes us on a quest for reality in performance, studying the philosophies of Antonin Artaud and Lee Strasberg.

And when it all gets a bit heavy, Andy's humor and lightness of touch in the extended essays should help any students struggling with these hefty concepts, grasp the bigger picture.

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  • File Size: 154 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1409229688
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GAMXK6
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1.0 out of 5 stars Don't bother. August 5, 2014
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Shoddy pseudo-scholarship at its worst. Poorly written, repetitive. The book begins by promising (warning) that it will be a rather dense and scholarly study of Artaud and Strasberg. It then fails to deliver, merely stating (repeatedly) that Artaud is "crazy" (we knew that) and that 99% of what he says is "drivel" that can be dismissed out of hand. He then neglects to say exactly what it is about Artaud that might be useful. The book is mostly a paean to Strasberg and the Method and a diatribe against the "British School" of acting; a straw dog at best. I gather that the author saw and enjoyed an Artaud inspired production or two and concluded that it must have something in common with the Method inspired performances he also liked. The common link, he concludes, is a sense of "reality" in both. The book is a dive down a rabbit hole trying to prove this theory but gets lost along the way. It must be noted that Artaud was not much interested in "reality." He (Artaud) said, "..preoccupation with personal problems disgusts me." There may be some connection to draw between Artaud and Strasberg, but this isn't it.

For a truly insightful appraisal of Artaud, read Jerzy Grotowski's chapter in "Towards a Poor Theatre" (117-125.)
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More About the Author

Andy Jones is an award-winning filmmaker, broadcaster and author.

Born in Stoke-on-Trent in England 1980, Andy has spent most of his life living in and around London, England.

He is the author of the groundbreaking work "Artaud & Strasberg: A Quest For Reality", the bestselling "The American Presidents Without The Boring Bits", and much more.

Andy is a very successful radio presenter and his UK-based film company, Gold Pictures Ltd, provides high-quality promotional film solutions to the commercial market.

Andy has written, directed and presented shows on Channel 4 Television, TVTV and many more. He eats far too much chocolate and his provocative video-blog, "Andy Jones TV", has been seen by thousands of viewers, with subscribers and fans all around the world.

Find out more at: http://www.andyjonesonline.co.uk
Follow Andy on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/andydavidjones

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