Michael Chekhov on Theatre and the Art of Acting [CD]
You have to teach yourself to act, but Michael Chekhov will give you the necessary tools. . . . They work like a charm. I've used them all along and still do. Clint Eastwood
Key Topics include
The Art of Characterization - Shortcuts to Role Preparation - How to Awaken Artistic Feelings and Emotions - Overcoming Inhibitions and Building Self-Confidence - Psycho-Physical Exercises - Development of the Ensemble Spirit
Among Chekhov's Students: Anthony Quinn, Deirdre Hurst du Prey, Gregory Peck, Jack Nicholson, Joanna Merlin, Marilyn Monroe, Ingrid Bergman , Anthony Hopkins, Clint Eastwood, Mala Powers, Jack Palance, Beatrice Straight
Chekhov's transformative powers were hailed by some of the greatest directors of our time. Stanislavski, Vakhtangov, Reinhardt and Meyerhold all sang Chekhov's praises for the originality of his stage work. Major stars of stage and screen credit Chekhov's teaching as critical to their development and success. First in Great Britain at Dartington Hall and then in Hollywood, Chekhov taught some of the major burgeoning talents of his day. The great scholar-biographer-actor Simon Callow recently pronounced: Using Chekhov's work won't necessarily make you a great actor, but you will be approaching acting as an artist.
Among his nine Hollywood movies, best known among them remains SPELLBOUND, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, for which Chekhov was nominated for an Academy Award. Chekhov's influence continues through his books and the institutes established throughout the world to promulgate his teachings.
A 64-page booklet, A Guide to Discovery with Exercises, accompanies the CD set. Written by Mala Powers, a disciple of Chekhov and an expert on his life and work, the Guide discusses Chekhov's techniques and offers practical exercises for the concepts discussed on each CD.
Through Chekhov and through him only, I found a concrete and tangible way to reach a mastery of the elusive thing one calls the technique of acting. Yul Brynner
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