A Method to Their Madness: The History of the Actors Studio

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For decades, in one small room on West Forty-fourth Street in Manhattan, Lee Strasberg ran the Actors Studio, where dozens of acclaimed actors absorbed a technique that became known as the "Method." Based on firsthand observations and numerous interviews, Hirsch's examination of the Studio's origins reveals how its graduates forever shaped the American stage and screen. A new introduction by the author studies the Actors Studio in the twenty-first century and places it in a ...

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Overview

For decades, in one small room on West Forty-fourth Street in Manhattan, Lee Strasberg ran the Actors Studio, where dozens of acclaimed actors absorbed a technique that became known as the "Method." Based on firsthand observations and numerous interviews, Hirsch's examination of the Studio's origins reveals how its graduates forever shaped the American stage and screen. A new introduction by the author studies the Actors Studio in the twenty-first century and places it in a modern context.

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Hirsch endows this history with new life.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780306811029
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 376
  • Sales rank: 1,022,674
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.98 (d)

Meet the Author

Foster Hirsch, the author of fifteen books on film and theater, among them The Dark Side of the Screen: Film Noir and Kurt Weill on Stage, lives in New York City.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note 9
Part 1 Before the Studio 15
1 Acting with Backs to the Audience 17
2 Building the System 36
3 Stanislavski in America 51
4 On Native Grounds: Triumph 67
5 On Native Grounds: Defeat 96
Part 2 Behind Closed Doors: Inside the Actors Studio 111
6 A Philanthropic Gesture 113
7 Strasberg's Methods 125
8 A Portrait of the Master Teacher 150
9 The Best and the Brightest: Strasberg's Moderators 170
10 A Studio Sampler 181
11 The Language of the Method 203
12 Auditions, Activities, Financing 224
Part 3 The Actors Studio on Stage and Film 245
13 The Hesitation Waltz 247
14 The Actors Studio Theatre 262
15 The Method and the Movies: the Anti-Hero 291
16 The Method and the Movies: the Anti-Heroine 318
17 Private Matters: the Films of Elia Kazan 330
Afterword 341
Notes 346
Bibliography 357
Acknowledgments 361
Index 363
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