On Actors and the Art of Acting

H. Holt, 1880 - 237 Seiten

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Seite 140 - Think, my lord ! By Heaven, he echoes me, As if there were some monster in his thought Too hideous to be shown...
Seite 98 - ... accent of christians, nor the gait of christian, pagan, nor man, have so strutted, and bellowed, that I have thought some of Nature's journeymen had made men, and not made them well, they imitated humanity so abominably.
Seite 123 - There needs no ghost, my lord, come from the grave To tell us this. Ham. Why, right ; you are i' the right ; And so, without more circumstance at all, I hold it fit that we shake hands and part...
Seite 88 - Nor do not saw the air too much with your hand, thus, but use all gently, for in the very torrent, tempest, and as I may say whirlwind of passion, you must acquire and beget a temperance that may give it smoothness.
Seite 132 - May the winds blow till they have waken'd death ! And let the labouring bark climb hills of seas, Olympus-high ; and duck again as low As hell's from heaven ! If it were now to die, 'Twere now to be most happy ; for, I fear, My soul hath her content so absolute, That not another comfort like to this Succeeds in unknown fate.
Seite 100 - ... he acted so fine: why, Lord help me, any man, that is, any good man, that had such a mother, would have done exactly the same. I know you are only joking with me; but indeed, madam, though I was never at a play in London, yet I have seen acting before in the country; and the king for my money; he speaks all his words distinctly, half as loud again as the other. — Anybody may see he is an actor.
Seite 87 - Be not too tame neither, but let your own discretion be your tutor : suit the action to the word, the word to the action ; with this special observance, that you o'erstep not the modesty of nature : for anything so overdone is from the purpose of playing, whose end, both at the first and now, was and is, to hold, as 'twere, the mirror up to nature ; to show virtue her own feature, scorn her own image, and the very age and body of the time his form and pressure.
Seite 127 - Why, let the stricken deer go weep, The hart ungalled play : For some must watch, while some must sleep ; So runs the world away.
Seite 101 - I sate by him, to see this scene acted, made the same observation, asking me, with some surprise, if I thought Hamlet should be in so violent a passion with the Ghost, which...
Seite 101 - You have seen a Hamlet perhaps, who, on the first appearance of his father's spirit, has thrown himself into all the straining vociferation requisite to express Rage and Fury, and the house has thundered with applause, though the misguided actor was all the while (as Shakespeare terms it), tearing a passion into rags.

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