My Life in Art

ISBN-10: 0415436575

ISBN-13: 9780415436571

Edition: 2008

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Konstantin Stanislavski was a Russian director who transformed theatre in the West with his contributions to the birth of Realist theatre and his unprecedented approach to teaching acting. He lived through extraordinary times and his unique contribution to the arts still endures in the twenty-first century. He established the Moscow Art Theatre in 1898 with, among other plays, the premiere of Chekhov's The Seagull . He also survived revolutions, lost his fortune, found wide fame in America, and lived in internal exile under Stalin's Soviet Union. Before writing his classic manual on acting, Stanislavski began writing an autobiography that he hoped would both chronicle his rich and tumultuous life and serve as a justification of his aesthetic philosophy. But when the project grew to 'impossible' lengths, his publisher (Little, Brown) insisted on many cuts and changes to keep it to its deadline and to a manageable length. The result was a version published in English in 1924, which Stanislavskihated and completely revised for a Soviet edition that came out in 1926. Now, for the first time, translator Jean Benedetti brings us Stanislavski's complete unabridged autobiography as the author himself wanted itnbsp; from the re-edited 1926 version. The text, in clear and lively English, is supplemented by a wealth of photos and illustrations, many previously unpublished.
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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Routledge
Publication date: 1/31/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 520
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

A note on transliteration
Translator's note
Publisher's acknowledgements
Introduction: Stanislavsky's Double Life in Art
Translator's preface: Stanislavski's Hidden Life in Art
Artistic Childhood
The circus
Puppet theatre
Italian opera
The Maly Theatre
My debut
Acting in life
Drama school
Artistic Adolescence
The Alekseev Circle
A rival
Artistic Youth
The Moscow Society of Art and Literature
First season
A fortunate accident
Two steps back
When you play a bad man look for the good in him
Character acting
Another misunderstanding
The Meiningen Company
My first production in drama
Personal success
Meetings with Tolstoi
My passion for directing
Experiences with professionals
A castle in Turin
The Sunken Bell
A memorable meeting
Waiting for the opening of the Moscow Art Theatre
The first season opens
The historico-realistic line
The line of fantasy and imagination
The line of Symbolism and Impressionism
The line of intuition and feeling
Chekhov's visit - Uncle Vanya
A trip to the Crimea
Three Sisters
First visit to Petersburg
Provincial tours
Savva Morozov and the building of the theatre
The socio-political line
Maksim Gorki
The Lower Depths
Instead of intuition and feeling, the line of the everyday
Instead of intuition and feeling, the line of historical Naturalism
The Cherry Orchard
The studio on Povarskaya Street
Artistic Maturity
Discovery of truths long since known
The Drama of Life
Ilya Satz and Leopold Sulerzhitski
Black velvet
The Life of Man
A visit to Maeterlinck
A Month in the Country
Duncan and Craig
Attempt to use the 'System' in life
First studio
Cabbage nights and the 'Chauve Souris'
An actor must know how to speak
The Bolshoi Opera Studio
Departure and return
The final balance and the future
Appendices: Variants and Articles
For the Chapter Othello
Chekhov remembered
The Moscow Art Theatre's tour in Europe and America 1922-1923
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