The paradox of the actor: Reflexions sur le paradoxe: Volume 21 (Humanities Collections)

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Denis Diderot, The Paradox of the actor Diderot's "thesis is that a great actor must not be sensitive; or, in other words, that he must not feel the emotions he expresses. "Extreme sensitiveness makes poor actors; while absolute lack of sensitiveness is a quality of the highest acting." He sustains this view by six arguments, viz.: we can not repeat emotion at will, but the power is soon exhausted; the age when the comedian is at his greatest is not youth, when he is quick and full of emotion, but after he has had a long experience, when the ardor of his passions has subsided and his head is calm and his spirit self-possessed; certain facts going to show that the performer's real feelings are different from those which he is expressing on the stage; and, finally, his best argument, and the one on which his thesis mainly rests, that one can not do two things at a time. The actor has to be observant of his playing, to regulate its effects, his gestures, and his exclamations, to see that they are correct, to keep his mind on the scene, to recollect his part. All this critical work is incompatible with sincere emotion. When a person is really moved, when he feels some great woe, while he may indeed sink upon a chair as the actor does in the scene, he does not keep watch of his attitude while falling or think how to make it expressive and harmonious, but gives himself wholly up to his trouble."- Alfred Binet, The Paradox of Diderot.

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Initialement destine a la pretrise, Denis Diderot fait ses etudes chez les jesuites. Il redige ses "Pensees philosophiques" en 1746, ou il demontre deja son caractere athee. Ami de Rousseau et d'Alembert, il accepte de se charger avec ce dernier de l'elaboration de "L' Encyclopedie" en 1747. Ce travail occupera vingt ans de sa vie, mais ne l'empechera pas d'ecrire ses propres reflexions. La publication en 1749 de sa "Lettre aux aveugles", lui vaudra d'etre condamne par l'Eglise et emprisonne a Vincennes durant trois mois. Tour a tour critique d'art, romancier, auteur de theatre, defenseur de la raison critique, Diderot s'affirme comme le chef de file des Lumieres francaises.

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