New York and the Movies
1st Edition Hardcover ISBN: 0394570626
A richly illustrated study of New York City explores how movies have shaped, influenced, mythologized, and invented the city in such films as 42nd Street, Rear Window, Taxi Driver, Annie Hall, and Ghostbusters and reveals how the real-life New York City has been transformed by Hollywood. 20,000 first printing.
The Second City
Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theatre
Hardcover ISBN: 1570715610
A history of the influential Chicago improvisational comedy group provides background on its best-known members and how they developed their acts, along with recordings of notable performances.
Thinking Like a Director
A Practical Handbook
Paperback ISBN: 0571199941
Bloom draws on nearly twenty years of directing and teaching experience to convey the full experience of directing for the stage, as well as the mindset that all successful directors possess. More than a mere set of guidelines, Thinking Like a Director details a technique that covers every facet of theatrical production, from first reading through final rehearsals. The key to directorial thinking, Bloom asserts, is a dual perspective--an ability to focus on both the internal lives of the play’s characters and the external elements of the play’s structure. In this illuminating, engaging, and accessible handbook, the art of dramatic interpretation and the craft of working with actors are integrated into a single, unified method.
The Actor and the Text
Paperback ISBN: 1557831386
These words of Cicely Berry, the voice director of the Royal Shakespeare Company, speak to anyone who needs to speak his or her piece - in any arena, at sales meetings or religious revivals. Berry's book will insure that the speaker and the text gets heard - accurately and with true emotional range. Never again will one be accused of simply "reading a prepared statement." Berry's exercises to develop relaxation, breathing and muscular control will literally help everyone breathe easier when confronting the printed page.
Acting for the Camera
Paperback ISBN: 0060928190
Culled from Tony Barr's 40 years' experience as a performer, director and acting teacher in Hollywood, this highly praised handbook provides readers with the practical knowledge they need when performing in front of the camera. This updated edition includes plenty of new exercises for honing on-camera skills; additional chapters on imagination and movement; and fresh material on character development, monologues, visual focus, playing comedy and working with directors. Inside tips on the studio system and acting guilds make it particularly helpful for people new to the business, and numerous anecdotes from actors such as Morgan Freeman and Anthony Hopkins and examples from current movies illustrate its many lessons. It is perfect for acting classes, workshops, all actors who work in front of the camera -- and all those who want to.
The Fervent Years
The Group Theatre and the Thirties
Paperback ISBN: 0306801868
"The Group Theatre was perhaps the most significant experiment in the history of American theater. Producing plays that reflected topical issues of the decade and giving a creative chance to actors, di"
An Actor's Guide
Paperback ISBN: 0385720858
The renowned British director teams up with such acclaimed actors of the Royal Shakespeare Company as Patrick Stewart, Judi Dench, Ian McKellan, and Ben Kingsley to demonstrate how best to adapt Elizabethan theater for the modern stage, analyzing the language of Shakespeare's poetry and prose, the nuances of Shakespearean drama, his characters, and more. Original. 15,000 first printing.