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Constantin Sergeyevich Stanislavski () ( – 7 August 1938), was a Russian actor and theatre director. Building on the directorially-unified aesthetic and ensemble playing of the Meiningen company and the naturalistic staging of Antoine and the independent theatre movement, Stanislavski organized his realistic techniques into a coherent and usable 'system.' Thanks to its promotion and development by acting teachers who were former students and the many translations of his theoretical writings, Stanislavski's 'system' acquired an unprecedented ability to cross cultural boundaries and developed an international reach, dominating debates about acting in the West. That many of the precepts of his system seem to be common sense and self-evident testifies to its success.

Stanislavski treated theatre-making as a serious endeavour, requiring dedication, discipline and integrity, and the work of the actor as an artistic undertaking. Throughout his life, he subjected his own acting to a process of rigorous artistic self-analysis and reflection. His system resulted from a persistent struggle to remove the blocks he encountered. His development of a theorized praxis...in which practice is used as a mode of inquiry and theory as a catalyst for creative development...identifies him as the first great theatre practitioner.

Stanislavski's work was as important to the development of socialist realism in the USSR as it was to that of psychological realism in the United States. Many actors routinely identify his system with the American Method, although the latter's exclusively psychological techniques contrast sharply with Stanislavski's multivariant, holistic and psychophysical approach, which explores character and action both from the 'inside out' and the 'outside in'. Stanislavski's work draws on a wide range of influences and ideas, including his study of the modernist and avant-garde developments of his time (naturalism, symbolism and Meyerhold's constructivism), Russian formalism, Yoga, Pavlovian behaviourist psychology, James-Lange (via Ribot) psychophysiology and the aesthetics of Pushkin, Gogol, and Tolstoy. He described his approach as 'spiritual Realism'.

Stanislavski wrote several works. Those available in English translation include An Actor's Work, An Actor's Work on a Role, and his autobiography My Life in Art.

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Total Books: 25
Building a Character
2013 - Building a Character [Bloomsbury Revelations] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781780935676
ISBN-10: 1780935676
Genres: Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment
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Creating a Role
2013 - Creating a Role [Bloomsbury Revelations] (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9781780936918
ISBN-10: 1780936915
Genres: Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment
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An Actor Prepares
2013 - An Actor Prepares [Bloomsbury Revelations] (Paperback)Paperback, Hardcover
ISBN-13: 9781780938431
ISBN-10: 1780938438
Genres: Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment
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An Actor's Handbook An Alphabetical Arrangement of Concise Statements on Aspects of Acting
La formation de l'acteur
2001 - La Formation De L'acteur (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9782228894456
ISBN-10: 2228894451
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La construction du personnage
1997 - La Construction Du Personnage (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9782857041559
ISBN-10: 2857041551
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An Actor's Handbook
1987 - An Actor's Handbook (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780878305094
ISBN-10: 0878305092
Genres: Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment
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Stanislavski's Legacy A Collection of Comments on a Variety of Aspects of an Actor's Art and Life
1980 - Stanislavski's Legacy a Collection of Comments on a Variety of Aspects of an Actor's Art and Life [Diaries, Letters and Essays] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780413477705
ISBN-10: 0413477703
Genre: Literature & Fiction
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My Life in Art
1980 - My Life in Art [Biography and Autobiography] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9780413462008
ISBN-10: 0413462005
Genres: Arts & Photography, Nonfiction
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La Construccion del Personaje
La Construccion Del Personaje [Spanish Edition] (Paperback)Paperback
ISBN-13: 9788420615738
ISBN-10: 8420615730
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction
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Manual del actor
Manual Del Actor (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9789681307912
ISBN-10: 9681307917
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