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Altogether, Creating a Role is a brilliant little treatise, and a careful reading is worth several lessons in almost any English acting academy.
–Charles Marowitz, The Observer

The pattern of disciplined development of character is examined, from the actor's viewpoint, in three widely contrasting plays. For the actor in need of nourishment for his gifts and guidance for his enthusiasm, this book is immeasurably important; for anyone with an interest in theatre it is terrific entertainment.
–Paul Scotfield

We are lucky to have a third Stanislavski book that explains the rudiments of acting. Creating a Role is a workshop manual. It tells an actor how to work.
–Brooks Atkinson

For the actor in need of nourishment of his gifts and guidance for his enthusiasms, this book is immeasurably important; for anyone with an interest in the theatre it is terrific entertainment.
–Paul Scofield, The Sunday Times

This newest and possibly best segment...focuses its attention upon the actual work of the actor in preparing specific characterizations from specific plays...A masterful job...Immensely stimulating reading--a valuable, a welcome addition.
–James Gousseff, Players --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Original Language: Russian

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  • Paperback: 271 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; Reprint edition (April 30, 1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878309810
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878309818
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 25, 2000
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This book shocked me. In buying it I had envisioned receiving an "okay" book. I was so wrong. This book is incredible. I found myself highlighting/making notes/and never letting the book close. This book helps the actor who really, really needs help. It sounds odd, but this book can make you an incredible actor. True, it can't start you in Hollywood! However it provides insight on how to be a great actor, no matter if Hollywood becons. Buy the book, you won't be disappointed! I promise
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 26, 2004
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There is nothing "simple" about acting & this wordy, detailed book will prove it. Though written in so much deep detail that it can be off-putting to some, if you are serious about acting you will learn so much necessary skill from this book.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Actor on October 21, 2005
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This is another "must-read" for actors. This is the third and final book in his classic trilogy, and shows how to apply the techniques in his first and second book to creating a role. Very practical; this trilogy completely transformed my acting almost overnight. You do not need to have an instuctor to show you how to use this technique; much of it you can do on your own. Strongly recommended.
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Essential training for anyone interested in acting, personally, as an amateur or professional.

One of three books written by Stanislavski that, together, form the basis of the greatest set of acting techniques ever devised.

Thorough, thought-provoking, and well-crafted, Stanislavski is the patron saint of modern acting. This is Method. Outside of these three books everything is extrapolation or interpretation.

The pictured edition is not at all the most beautiful or inviting, but its all about the text and what you put into the study of that work. Stanislavski in a nutshell...you put in the time, do the work...you get genuine result. Thoroughly recommended.
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I find this book a great source of information and the information given is clear, to follow. It gives in-depth guidelines to creating a role.
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By Sandra Firth on March 29, 2013
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The book arrived on time and in perfect condition. This is an old core book on acting which after all this time is still used.
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