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Author Butler, Isaac, author.

Title The method : how the twentieth century learned to act / Isaac Butler.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing Inc., 2022.


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 Axe 2nd Floor Stacks  792.028 B976m 2022    ---  Available
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Description xxi, 489 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; illustrations ; 25 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographic references and index.
Contents The only way to save art -- New answers to the problems of living -- The frenzied waltz -- The superconscious through the conscious -- The Stanislavski sickness -- I need a new theatre -- Do you know the secrets of art? -- No hack actors -- The coming of a new religion -- I am passionate about this thing!! -- It makes you weep -- We all thought he was God -- A new inner man -- The life of a prostitute is pretty comfortable -- Your secret self -- Our kind of actors -- It was murder -- Slice-of-life -- Softness and self-indulgence -- Truth, my ass -- It's been a terrible evening -- How do we do all our stuff in front of that machinery? -- That level of being real -- All the means of expression -- Afterword: The method and the future.
Summary "From the co-author of The World Only Spins Forward comes the first cultural history of Method acting--an ebullient account of creative discovery and the birth of classic Hollywood. On stage and screen, we know a great performance when we see it. But how do actors draw from their bodies and minds to turn their selves into art? What is the craft of being an authentic fake? More than a century ago, amid tsarist Russia's crushing repression, one of the most talented actors ever, Konstantin Stanislavski, asked these very questions, reached deep into himself, and emerged with an answer. How his 'system' remade itself into the Method and forever transformed American theater and film is an unlikely saga that has never before been fully told. Now, critic and theater director Isaac Butler chronicles the history of the Method in a narrative that transports readers from Moscow to New York to Los Angeles, from The Seagull to A Streetcar Named Desire to Raging Bull. He traces how a cohort of American mavericks--including Stella Adler, Lee Strasberg, and the storied Group Theatre--refashioned Stanislavski's ideas for a Depression-plagued nation that had yet to find its place as an artistic powerhouse. Strasberg and Adler's tempestuous feud would, in turn, shape generations of actors who enabled Hollywood to become the global dream-factory it is today. Some of these performers the Method would uplift; others, it would destroy. Long after its midcentury heyday, the Method lives on as one of the most influential--and misunderstood--ideas in American culture. Studded with marquee names--from Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, and Elia Kazan, to James Baldwin, Ellen Burstyn, and Dustin Hoffman--The Method is a spirited history of ideas and a must-read for any fan of Broadway or American film"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Method acting -- History.
Acting teachers.
Method acting. (OCoLC)fst01018629
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Informational works.
ISBN 9781635574777 (hardcover)
1635574773 hardcover
9781635574784 electronic book
Standard No. 40030957808

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