STANISLAVSKY DIRECTS by Nikolai M. Gorchakov


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A detailed account of lessons and lectures given by the famous director of Moscow Arts Theatre to a group of young actors, in the first years of the Soviet. In particular, the discussions and lectures are those connected with the production of eight plays. The young people were told they would hear no miraculous revelation. This represents but a small part of the creative life of Stanislavsky, showing his techniques in different kinds of plays. It is a completely technical book, serious, detailed, informative, giving no light on the man except as director. The Stanislavsky method consisted of three principles:- an actor's correct state of being on the stage, the inner psychological actions and outer actions in unfolding of the play, and the actor's feelings (those to be the actual feelings of the emotions the playwright gave his character). A director must know how to make a profound analysis of the play, must possess all the qualities he demands in his actors, must know how to work with actors, scene designer, composer, costumer, production crew. The function of the theatre is to communicate worthwhile ideas; otherwise it is only a commercial enterprise.... Limited to serious students.

Pub Date: Nov. 15th, 1954
Publisher: Funk & Wagnalls