Sanford Meisner on Acting

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Sanford Meisner on Acting

Format:  Paperback,

252 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Jun 1987

ISBN-13: 9780394750590

ISBN-10: 0394750594

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This book, written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, follows an acting class of eight men and eight women for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Throughout these pages Meisner is delight--always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. With an introduction by Sydney Pollack, director of "Out of Africa" and "Tootsie, " who worked with Meisner for five years.

"This book should be read by anyone who wants to act or even appreciate what acting involves. Like Meisner's way of teaching, it is the straight goods."--Arthur Miller

"If there is a key to good acting, this one is it, above all others. Actors, young and not so young, will find inspiration and excitement in this book."--Gregory Peck


Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Jun 1987
ISBN-13: 9780394750590
ISBN-10: 0394750594
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 252
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 0.5
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Biography of Pollack, Sydney

Actor, director and producer Sydney Pollack was born in Lafayette, Indiana on July 1, 1934. After graduating from high school, he moved to New York City and enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. While there, he studied under Stanford Meisner from 1952 to 1954 and became his assistant from 1954 to 1959. He directed about 20 films including The Way We Were, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, and Tootsie.

He won two Oscars for Out of Africa, one as director and one as producer of the film. He produced more than 40 films including Presumed Innocent, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Michael Clayton. He also acted in numerous films and television shows including Husbands and Wives, Eyes Wide Shut, Michael Clayton, Frasier, Will and Grace, and The Sopranos. He received the first annual Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking award from the Austin Film Festival on October 21, 2006. He died of cancer on May 26, 2008.


Review by Library Journal (1987-07)

Meisner, a member of the Theater Guild and the Group Theater, has devoted most of 50 years to teaching acting and is one of the great unsung resources in American theater. This book is not an acting text, but a journal of a 15-month course taken by 16 adult actors. We follow them as they progress from early exercises through preparation to detailed scene work. Meisner emphasizes emotional truth and acting as the reality of doing.

His students find the course difficult, but most improve markedly. Not all survive. Though Meisner is not well, he is a superb teacher and his enthusiasm is undiminished. This is required reading for all actors and those interested in acting. Thomas E. Luddy, English Dept., Salem State Coll., Mass.

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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