Sanford Meisner on Acting

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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 ...
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Overview

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

The author explains the techniques that can help an aspiring actor far from the stage as well as the professional.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780394750590
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1987
  • Series: Vintage Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 85,942
  • Product dimensions: 5.14 (w) x 8.02 (h) x 0.55 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2005

    Sanford Makes sense

    Sanford Meisner on acting is an excellent approach to acting. I found it to be very helpful. Unfortuntely at times it can me a little confusing because it comes directly from one of his classes but it is real ideas and thoughts that you can use.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 22, 2001

    A real road to acting

    It's perfect for those who don't like method acting. It's an awesome view into reflex and taking what your acting partner gives you. Meisner uses a very truthful appraoch to acting. He makes acting fun by focusing on imagination and truthful emotion. In my opinion it's better than method acting. :-)

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