Sanford Meisner on Acting

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Vintage Books, 1987 - Performing Arts - 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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This book not only gives you insights on the mind of an actor, it teaches you to deal with common daily things and to create empathy with others. It's amazing how these techniques can be easily ... Read full review

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I really wanted to rate this higher because I have friends (and good actors at that) who swear by Meisner. Still, I feel like his lessons might have been better imparted in person than they come across on paper. Read full review


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