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Product Details

  • Paperback: 207 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (April 30, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878309829
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878309825
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Indispensable for the actor, stimulating for the layman." -- The Nation

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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: Russian

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 24, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Stanislavki is considered a master of theatre and often called the "father of the method." In this, the second installment of his acting technique books(very wittingly alphabetically titled An actor prepares, Building a Character, Creating a role) he goes into the external technique an actor must use to become a character.
Like an Actor Prepares, he uses fictional characters obviously based on the actors from the Moscow Art Theatre, with the director, Tortsov (think Stanislavski) being the one with all the knowledge. While a lot is to be learned from the book, one can't help but notice how egotistically the book is written. While there is no denoting how wonderfully he lays out the principles taken in building a character, I wonder how much easier of a read it would be if he just came out and said, these are our principles. Instead he cloaks himself behind a character and we lose a lot trying to muddle through a student's undying love (Kostya, who's "journals" make up the text) for his teacher. If you can get past the text, you'll learn a lot.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By The Actor on October 21, 2005
Format: Paperback
This book is the second in Stanislavski's series. Deals with the "external aspects" of the System. A great read, in spite of the poor translation; this book (and the entire series) completely transformed my acting almost overnight, as if a fog had lifted from my eyes. This book/series helped me understand, fundamentally, what I should be DOING onstage. I received numerous compliments on the next role I played after reading this book and several comments on my improvement, etc.

Great advice for actors. Strongly recommended for both actors and directors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By LMH on July 25, 2010
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This is the classic book all actors should read and fill out their library with. I do think much (including eloquence and ease of reading) is lost in translation but it's still an important investment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thomas V on November 11, 2007
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"Building a Character" is certainly one of the books that you can add to your collection if you are an actor, professional or otherwise. Stanislavski discusses the physicalisations and vocalisations that are the product of a character. He also discusses some ethics and attitudes he thinks necessary to maintain in the theater.
Highly recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Drusilla Montemayor on April 27, 2008
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If you are a director or an actor and wish to develop a character, this is a time tested tome to learn from. The Stanislavski methods are tried and true!
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By WeAreOne on May 3, 2014
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A must have for any actor in training. Knowing how to think about the task is the majority of the battle.
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By Debora D. Kaiser on January 2, 2013
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Stanislavski is the best as any actor knows. The book can help you have his words, examples, and stories close at hand!
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