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Unformatted text preview: Naturalism: Its Alive today! From Thales; Greek grandfather of naturalist philosophy, on down to modern day film, Naturalism has engrained into history its values and effects. But, Naturalism? What is that? Well, readers, thank you for asking. Naturalism is the practice of seeking to create a perfect illusion of reality through highly detailed sets and generally unpoetic dialogue. If youve been to a show in recent times, youve noticed how good the acting was. Great acting, by todays standards, is how believable it is. Centuries ago, an actors skill was determined by how bombastic, larger than life, and obviously expressive he was. Today, that sort of theatrical entertainment holds value only rarely. Think Zidler from Moulin Rouge; this in real life would be the antithesis of acting heavily influenced by Naturalism. In regards to the stage, Konstantin Stanisklavski is undoubtedly the founder of naturalist thought. Coining such used phrases as stage direction and laying the foundations of modern thought....
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