(The following article from Ingmar Bergman Face to Face appeared 9/11.)
Recently a small book of Max von Sydow was published in French, La leçon de comédien, where he, as the title says, gives a lesson in acting. The 50 pages book is a transcription of a lecture given by von Sydow in the grand amphitheatre at the Avignon Festival in July 9, 2005.
Max von Sydow starts by giving a brief background to his acting career, from Stanislavsky to his early fascination in attending the rehearsals at the Royal Dramatic Theatre in Stockholm, where he spent most of his free time, studying the progress of the actors.
Von Sydow particularly admired the actor Lars Hansson, who had made all the great parts on the repertoire, and who had "a quite extraordinary presence". "They said that Mr. Hansson had full control of himself on stage; that he didn't leave any room for the intuition of the moment, and I literally believe that. And I decided to be just like him: 'an intellectual actor'."
Interview on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ug_FzLlXeE (Part 1)
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