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On the Technique of Acting

On the Technique of Acting
Your Price: $19.95 CDN
Author: Michael Chekhov
Edited by: Mel Gordon
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 240
Pub. Date: 1993
ISBN-10: 0062730371
ISBN-13: 9780062730374

About the Book:

The most authoritative, authentic text of a classic guide to acting.

In the four decades since its first publication, Michael Chekhov's To the Actor has become a standard text for students of the theater. But To the Actor is a shortened, heavily modified version of the great director/actor/teacher's original manuscript, and On the Technique of Acting is the first and only book ever to incorporate the complete text of that brilliant manuscript. Scholars and teachers of Chekhov's technique have hailed On the Technique of Acting as the clearest, most accurate presentation of the principles he taught Yul Brynner, Gregory Peck, Marilyn Monroe, Anthony Quinn, Beatrice Straight, and Mala Powers, among others. It contains the Chart for Inspired Acting, not found in any other Chekhov books. This Chart is the best guideline for overall mastery of the Chekhov Technique.

Michael Chekhov was the nephew of playwright Anton Chekhov and a student of Constantin Stanislavsky at the Moscow Art Theatre. He eventually differed with his mentor on how best to approach acting. Stanislavsky believed that memory was the key and Chekhov thought it was imagination. This new, definitive edition of Michael Chekhov's masterful work clarifies the principles outlined in To the Actor concerning the pivotal role of the imagination in actors' understanding of themselves and the roles they play. On the Technique of Acting also expands on Chekhov's previously published work with many unique features, including:

• Thirty additional exercises
• A chapter devoted to screen acting
• More thorough explanations of the Psychological Gesture, inner tempo vs. outer tempo, and other key concepts of Chekhov's approach

For actors, directors, and anyone interested in the theater, On the Technique of Acting is an essential handbook.

About the Author:

Michael Chekhov (1891-1955) was a Russian-American actor, director, author, and theatre practitioner. His acting technique has been used by actors such as Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, and Robert Stack. Constantin Stanislavski referred to him as his most brilliant student, and he is widely regarded to be one of the greatest actors of the 20th Century.

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