Problems of the Actor

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H. Holt, 1918 - Acting - 274 pages
 

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Page 69 - But more for that in low simplicity He lends out money gratis and brings down The rate of usance here with us in Venice. If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him. He hates our sacred nation, and he rails, Even there where merchants most do congregate, On me, my bargains and my well-won thrift, Which he calls interest. Cursed be my tribe, If I forgive him ! BASS.
Page 254 - This castle hath a pleasant seat ; the air Nimbly and sweetly recommends itself Unto our gentle senses. BAN. This guest of summer, The temple-haunting martlet, does approve By his loved mansionry that the heaven's breath Smells wooingly here : no jutty, frieze, Buttress, nor coign of vantage, but this bird Hath made his pendent bed and procreant cradle : Where they most breed and haunt, I have observed The air is delicate.
Page 68 - I hate him for he is a Christian : But more, for that, in low simplicity, He lends out money gratis, and brings down The rate of usance here with us in Venice. If I can catch him once upon the hip, I will feed fat the ancient grudge I bear him.
Page 239 - O, it is excellent To have a giant's strength ; but it is tyrannous To use it like a giant.
Page 51 - I could a tale unfold whose lightest word Would harrow up thy soul, freeze thy young blood, : Make thy two eyes, like stars, start from their spheres, Thy knotted and combined locks to part And each particular hair to stand on end, Like quills upon the fretful porcupine : But this eternal blazon must not be To ears of flesh and blood.
Page 56 - Take care of the consonants, the vowels will take care of themselves,
Page 43 - This is a baffling paradox, and one which everyone who takes up stage work seriously is likely to meet sooner or later. As a matter of fact the natural speaking voice is of little or no use on the stage, and neither is the shout. The secret of it is that a man should so train his voice that he has the range, and the pitch that is necessary, but also the technique and the control which enable him to seem to speak naturally.
Page 8 - I do not believe that any great success in any art can be achieved without it. " I say this to the beginners in my profession, and I am sure all the associates in my art, who have honored me with their presence on this occasion, will indorse what I say in this.
Page 236 - Juliet's room by such naturalistic details as a disarranged four-posted bed, or the turning of the key of a locked door at the nurse's entrance, or Romeo's lacing his jerkin, and a dishevelled Juliet in a crepe de chine nightgown. Such details are cheap illustrations and unworthy of a true artist.
Page 134 - ... felt by the actor? It seems to me that all passion must be kept under a certain control and within the pale of art. It is also evident that to maintain this control of necessity grows more difficult as the actor gains in his power to express great passion. ... In the rehearsing we may do in private, it is perhaps well to give way to uncontrolled passion to develop our power of expressing it ; but while acting, we must always remain master of our resources.

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