Stanislavski's Legacy: A Collection of Comments on a Variety of Aspects of an Actor's Art and Life (Diaries, Letters and Essays) (英語) ペーパーバック – 1980/11/6
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"The most informal - and in some ways the most delightful - of all Stanislavski books" - Sir Michael Redgrave No one has had a greater influence on acting as we know it than Stanislavski. His "method" - or interpretations of it - has become the central force determining almost every performance we see on stage or screen.Stanislavski's Legacy is a companion volume to his three great teaching books, An Actor Prepares, Building a Character and Creating a Role. It is a carefully arranged selection of the articles, speeches, notes and memoirs written between 1898, when the Moscow Art Theatre opened, and his death in 1938. Among the items are a series of brilliant letters on the interpretation of Othello, the long and affectionate article "Memories of Chekhov" and a final section in which Stanislavski envisages the theatre and the actors of the future."The legacy which Stanislavski and his collaborators have left us is, in all truth, magnificent; and its benefits are available not only to the actor and actress but to everyone who aspires to become a rounded human being" - Observer
"You couldn't ask for a more definitive, fascinating discussion of the art of acting . . . a real service and probably one of the year's most valuable theatre books."
"It is filled with wisdom and interpretation of life as seen through theatrical art that no one really interested in the theatre can afford to miss."
This book is extremely interesting to read as it is a series of letters and essays from Stanislavski to his contemporaries. It was unbelievably humorous to listen to his discussion of Chekhov and imagine trying to conduct rehearsals with him sitting there watching.
This book is broken into 5 major sections with different themes of Stanislavski's life explored in each one. Thespians will find his words inspiring, historians will find his words enlightening, and a normal person will find themselves better informed of the world of theater and what goes into preparing.
I highly recommend this book.