" I have not written this book to attract young people to the dramatic art but to give them friendly advice and guide them by my experience." Thus begins a master class taught by Sarah Bernhardt, arguably the greatest actress ever to grace a stage.
Timeless and surprisingly current, The Art of the Theatre, published after her death at age 78, is the final and most in-depth record of the great actress' views on acting and the theatre. Here "The Divine Sarah" shares advice on everything from speech, movement, role preparation, vocal warmups, and make-up tips to why she preferred to play Hamlet instead of Ophelia. Filled with lively stories and gleeful gossip, The Art of the Theatre shows the intuitive and often humorous observations that were Sarah Bernhardt. She describes her successes, her failures, and the times she lived in with unflinching honesty and an approach to the arts that leaves no doubt as to why she is still considered today to be one of the greatest artists ever to have lived. Out of print and unavailable for decades, this rare book is only available in this audio format.
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It was time well spent. Some of Ms. Bernhardt's stories were fascinating. But I think I already knew too much about her to full appreciate the audio book.
This isn't a book with a climactic ending. I already knew how Sarah's life climaxed.
Every scene in which she displayed her brilliant talent and eccentricity. Sorry, no one scene stands out.
I'd like to know how she, how so many actresses, managed to remember so many lines in so many roles and could one be a great actress without such a memory. I would also like to know if she was aware that she would be regarded as the greatest actress of her time.
Yes, while I was not totally enraptured with the book, having read so much about Sarah, I was wildly impressed with the narrator. Obviously she brought her own considerable acting abilities to making the book even more compelling. She had a wonderful rich voice and great delivery. I might not have finished the book if not for the splendid narration.
- Allan Provost