An Improvised Life: A Memoir

Paperback | March 1, 2011

byAlan Arkin

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Alan Arkin knew he was going to be an actor from the age of five: "Every film I saw, every play, every piece of music fed an unquenchable need to turn myself into something other than what I was." An Improvised Life is the Oscar winner's wise and unpretentious recollection of the process--artistic and personal--of becoming an actor, and a revealing look into the creative mind of one of the best practitioners on stage or screen. In a manner that is direct, down-to-earth, accessible, and articulate, Arkin reveals insights not only about himself (and his audience and students), but also truths for the rest of us about work, relationships, and sense of self.

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Alan Arkin knew he was going to be an actor from the age of five: "Every film I saw, every play, every piece of music fed an unquenchable need to turn myself into something other than what I was." An Improvised Life is the Oscar winner's wise and unpretentious recollection of the process--artistic and personal--of becoming an actor, an...

Academy Award-winning actor Alan Arkin, who has starred and appeared in more than 80 films, is also a director, musician, and children's book author. Born in Manhattan, he currently lives in New Mexico.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.62 inPublished:March 1, 2011Publisher:Da Capo PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:030681966X

ISBN - 13:9780306819667

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Blogcritics.org, 3/11/11“Arkin tells his story simply, easily drawing the reader into his world. At only 191 pages, An Improvised Life is not a long book but there is a wealth of life experience in those pages. If you are at all interested in reading about the craft of acting from the point of view of one who values it above fame, you'll want to read Alan Arkin's An Improvised Life.”Toronto Globe & Mail, 3/5/11 “A memoir of an acting life, full of inside details.”Philadelphia Inquirer, FLICKgrrrl Blog, 3/8/11“I'm charmed by [Arkin's] new memoir, An Improvised Life, and am delighted to report he has the same gravity and levity as a writer that he has as a performerRead the book. Then treat yourself with an Arkin film.”Washington Post, 3/13/11“[An] uncompromising, thoughtful and surprising book.”