Challenge For The Actor
  • Challenge For The Actor
  • Challenge For The Actor
  • Challenge For The Actor
  • Challenge For The Actor
  • Challenge For The Actor
ISBN: 0684190400
EAN13: 9780684190402
Language: English
Release Date: Aug 21, 1991
Pages: 336
Dimensions: 1.26" H x 9.29" L x 6.06" W
Weight: 1.15 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Theoretically, the actor ought to be more sound in mind and body than other people, since he learns to understand the psychological problems of human beings when putting his own passions, his loves, fears, and rages to work in the service of the characters he plays. He will learn to face himself, to hide nothing from himself -- and to do so takes an insatiable curiosity about the human condition.
from the Prologue

Uta Hagen, one of the world's most renowned stage actresses, has also taught acting for more than forty years at the HB Studio in New York. Her first book, Respect for Acting, published in 1973, is still in print and has sold more than 150,000 copies. In her new book, A Challenge for the Actor, she greatly expands her thinking about acting in a work that brings the full flowering of her artistry, both as an actor and as a teacher. She raises the issue of the actor's goals and examines the specifics of the actor's techniques. She goes on to consider the actor's relationship to the physical and psychological senses. There is a brilliantly conceived section on the animation of the body and mind, of listening and talking, and the concept of expectation.
But perhaps the most useful sections in this book are the exercises that Uta Hagen has created and elaborated to help the actor learn his craft. The exercises deal with Read More chevron_right

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   Interesting Read, But a little too much
I thought it was a good book to read for anyone who wants to pursue acting. I also thought that a lot of parts could easily be skipped, for example, a ton of name dropping, it makes it difficult to keep track of who, when and what she is talking about. I think that she could have better summarized concepts and made it easier to go through.
   A staple of modern acting technique, this book is ...
A staple of modern acting technique, this book is not intended to be read simply, but should be used in conjunction with real world training. The author provides exercises that should be refined over time and practiced. I advise anyone who expects to read this over a weekend. It is a book that should be read over the course of one's career.
   A True Challenge!
Ms Hagen's personal history of the American theater alone is worth the price and her very engrossing insights into character development are fascinating. The part of the book dedicated to the development of physical and emotional craft is powerful with exercises designed to develop a range of acting actions. This is a great handbook for both the novice and the experienced actor with its themes of authenticity, concentration and hard work.
   A must read for every actor
This is one of the best books out there for teaching acting and Uta is the person to teach it to you. I was fortunate enough to study in Los Angeles under Howard Fine, and this is his most important literature. There are lessons you can follow, and her style of teaching is easy to learn, and any will get anyone interested in acting on their way.
After countless books, classes, workshops and roles, I finally found something that resonates with my spirit, soul and body. This book is so great that I can 't wait to see what I connect with so far. If you are looking for another approach to the beautiful craft of acting, just consider this is a must!!!
   Great Insight
Every aspiring director needs to read this book, not just actors... Uta gives you a real look at the artistry of acting.
I've bought this for my girlfriend for her acting class. She really enjoys reading the book. It is well written, has some great exercises and is a book she recommends for all new actors.
   Fantastic guid to understand the craft of acting's technics.
It is beautifully written as a book and so is presenting the craft of acting so gently. It is a must have if you are an actor or if you are considering an actor. It is very much enjoyed.