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Sanford Meisner On Acting

Sanford Meisner On Acting
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Author: Sanford Meisner & Dennis Longwell
Introduction by: Sidney Pollack
Publisher: Vintage Books
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 252
Pub. Date: 1987
ISBN-10: 0394750594
ISBN-13: 9780394750590

About the Book:

Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting of the 20th century. Sanford Meisner on Acting is the only book that reveals and explains the technique of this celebrated teacher of three generations of actors. His technique, which is now known as "The Meisner Technique," emphasized the reality of doing, rather than the use of affective technique of Method acting. He developed this unique approach in the 1930s, after working with Lee Strasberg and Stella Adler at The Group Theatre. Like Stanislavski, Strasberg, and Adler before him, Sanford Meisner taught his students to "live truthfully under given imaginary circumstances." His approach is an imminently practical one; his famous repetition exercise, in which two actors sit opposite each other and respond in the moment with a repeated phrase, breaks down overly structured technique and builds openness, flexibility, and listening skills. Sanford Meisner joined the faculty of New York's Neighborhood Playhouse in 1935 and went on to train thousands of actors in his organic technique. Famous Meisner students include Robert Duvall, Grace Kelly, Gregory Peck, and Diane Keaton. As legendary director Elia Kazan once said, "Take it from a director: if you get an actor that Sandy Meisner has trained, you've been blessed."

Sanford Meisner on Acting, written by Sanford Meisner in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, examines those teachings as they are put into practice with 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 a delight – always empathizing with his students and urging them onward, provoking emotion, laughter, and growing technical mastery from his charges. In this gem, Sanford Meisner gives it to you straight on how to live truthfully in the moment under imaginary circumstances. Your library is not complete without this one.

What people say:

"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

About the Author:

Sanford Meisner (1905-1997) is considered one of the greatest acting teachers of the 20th century. He was a brilliant teacher, and had a gift for getting the best out of his students. His techniques were unorthodox, yet highly effective. After years of working with actors, he developed "The Meisner Technique."