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Respect for Acting

ISBN-10: 0470228482

ISBN-13: 9780470228487

Edition: 2nd 2008

Authors: Haskel Frankel, David Hyde Pierce, Uta Hagen, Uta Hagen

List price: $22.95
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This fascinating and detailed book about acting is Miss Hagens credo, the accumulated wisdom of her years spent in intimate communion with her art. It is at once the voicing of her exacting standards for herself and those she teaches, and an explanation of the means to the end. For those unable to avail themselves of her personal tutelage, her book is the best substitute. - Publishers Weekly Uta Hagens Respect for Acting is not only pitched on a high artistic level but it is full of homely, practical information by a superb craftswoman. An illuminating discussion of the standards and techniques of enlightened stage acting. - Brooks Atkinson Hagen adds to the large corpus of titles on acting with vivid dicta drawn from experience, skill, and a sense of personal and professional worth. Her principal asset in this treatment is her truly significant imagination. Her object exercises display a wealth of detail with which to stimulate the student preparing a scene for presentation. - Library Journal Respect for Acting is a simple, lucid and sympathetic statement of actors problems in the theatre and basic tenets for their training wrought from the personal experience of a fine actress and teacher of acting. - Harold Clurman Uta Hagens Respect for Actingis a relatively small book. But within it Miss Hagen tells the young actor about as much as can be conveyed to print of his craft - Los Angeles Times Uta Hagen is our greatest living actor; she is, moreover, interested and mystified by the presence of talent and its workings; her third gift is a passion to communicate the mysteries of the craft to which she has given her life. There is almost no American actors uninfluenced by her. - Fritz Weaver This is a textbook for aspiring actors, but working thespians can profit much by it. Anyone with just a casual interest in the theater should also enjoy its behind-the-scenes flavor. Respect for Acting is certainly a special book, perhaps for a limited readership, but of its How-To kind Id give it four curtain calls, and two hollers of Author, Author! - King Features Syndicate
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Book details

List price: $22.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 7/8/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 240
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.60" long x 1.30" tall
Weight: 1.078
Language: English

Foreword
Acknowledgments
The Actor
Introduction
Concept
Identity
Substitution
Emotional Memory
Sense Memory
The Five Senses
Thinking
Walking and Talking
Improvisation
Reality
The Object Exercises
Introduction
The Basic Object Exercise
Three Entrances
Immediacy
The Fourth Wall
Endowment
Talking to Yourself
Outdoors
Conditioning Forces
History
Character Action
The Play and the Role
Introduction
First Contact with the Play
The Character
Circumstances
Relationship
The Objective
The Obstacle
The Action
The Rehearsal
Practical Problems
Communication
Style
Epilogue
Index