Sanford Meisner on acting

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Vintage Books, 1987 - Drama - 252 pages
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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

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Review: Sanford Meisner on Acting

User Review  - Sarah - Goodreads

Really interesting book that gets more useful as it goes on, and provides a great starting point for understanding what acting entails--hard, specific work! The casual sexism and gender/sex ... Read full review

Review: Sanford Meisner on Acting

User Review  - David - Goodreads

Pretty much read this twice simultaneously, once as an actor once as an acting teacher. Some brilliant insights but also some moments at which Meisner seems to be the sort of actor he himself complains about. Read full review


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