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The Stanislavski System: The Professional Training of an Actor; Second Revised Edition (Penguin Handbooks) Paperback – October 2, 1984

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  • Series: Penguin Handbooks
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books; 2 Rev Rep edition (October 2, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140466606
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140466607
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,540 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By William Donald on May 10, 2001
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The Stanislavski System: The Professional Training of an Actor has been the soul of my acting teaching for 30 years. It is based on the later evolved vision of the great master teacher, as revealed to Eugene Vakhtangov and also to Sonia Moore, herself a master teacher. The approach here is clear and usable, and de-mystifies American pre-occupation with emotional substitution techniques dominant since Lee Strasberg's distortions based only upon Stanislavski's early work. This approach is accessible for young actors and is encouraging to the nurturing of their talent and development. It encourages emotional honesty without being improperly invasive, so it is good resource material for public school acting teachers and advanced students, as well as acting students from college to conservatory to proprietary school.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Gansky on July 25, 2000
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This is a great book- much more simplified than any I've seen! It concentrates a lot on physical action, a definite necessity for budding actors (or old fogies trying to get back into it!). A pleasurable read!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Matt on July 4, 2010
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I highly recommend this book for anyone curious in "method acting" or Stanislavsky. Sonia Moore does a wonderful job summarizing his ideas, making them accessible without dumbing or watering anything down.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By La Femme Fatal on August 26, 2013
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I've already read stanislovskis books and I they are a bjt difficult to get to. I'm more of an inside to outside actress and I thought perhaps this book would have more INsight to stanislovskis work. It feels more like an intellectual regergatation. One that would be better for acting teachers as they observe their students problems more than the students who are trying to learn how to be more specific and make the script truly come alive. But that's my opinion others tend to like this.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James T. Matheny on October 26, 2009
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This is a great book. I have it as a required reading for my first year acting students. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a clear condensation of the Stanislavski system.
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By Dave75 on June 9, 2015
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This is the book I started with when really learning acting rather than going to it by "feel," rather than craft. Sonia Moore's text, though older now, is still as relevant as when first published. It breaks down the "System" - and oft maligned approach to acting - and demystifies it, giving it flesh and bone that all actors must be when they are on stage or film: human: all too human.
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By Keith Bossier on September 12, 2014
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This book was very eye opening and inspiring for me. It has lit a consuming fire that will only be satisfied by digging deeper into this art we love so dearly.
Keith
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By Preston on January 20, 2014
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Actors will need this book I cannot stress it enough. There will be others training on this system so I recommend you research Stanislavski, too.
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