Sanford Meisner On Acting
ISBN: 0394750594
EAN13: 9780394750590
Language: English
Release Date: Jul 12, 1987
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.6" H x 7.9" L x 5.1" W
Weight: 0.44 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Sanford Meisner was one of the best known and beloved teachers of acting in the country. This book follows one of his acting classes for fifteen months, beginning with the most rudimentary exercises and ending with affecting and polished scenes from contemporary American plays. Written in collaboration with Dennis Longwell, it is essential reading for beginning and professional actors alike. 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.

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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   Sanford Meisner is one of the greats in the acting ...
He shows his ability to inspire and mold. Thanks so much for thinking about your fellow actors, Mr. Sanford said.
   Phenomenal piece of work!
His stand-up routines are so good, I almost missed the whole thing. He is real and is not afraid to be transparent with his students, Mr. Dhaliwal said. Using the imaginary as if which helps a whole lot and the repetition exercise which gets you out of your head and into living under imaginary circumstances. It gets you to react to the other person which is vital if you want to make a scene in a movie or play a legit character. If you read this book, and you should, use a high-light and take some notes, Glover said. Loved it, said Blair.
   A book for all actors
I have changed my views on acting because of this book. It has taught me a lot and helped me become more genuine and real in my art, Tunick said.
It was in good condition, said Gillian.
   Makes So Much Sense!
I'm currently studying the Meisner Technique, and this book really helped me make sense of it. I do wonder how much someone would get out of it without concurrently taking a Meisner class, or at least previously taking a Meisner class, but I'm sure you'd at least get some great bits and pieces. But as an actor, I didn't know how much I didn't know until I read this book. It's opened up a whole new world to me, Taylor said.
   detailed performances
It's unclear whether the writer was trying to reach a certain audience or just wanted to be seen by a certain type of reader. Rather than being pigeonholed as a "war" book, the book puts you in more of a fly on the wall mode. Like my mind was more taking bits and pieces of the book and putting them together. But I can't say for certain whether this is a must read for acting students. It's a pity that the second season didn't come sooner - it was surprisingly entertaining with the open discussions and descriptions of scenes. Yes, I feel like it's like memoir.
   Boring Read
It's not a tool that I can use because what made me such an amazing teacher was that he lived in the moment, he said. Barrenas's class was tailored around exercises that focused on the needs of the actors at that time. To gather that material and make it into a book doesn't help the reader grasp concepts. If you want to take a class, you'll reap the benefits of increased flexibility and muscle tone.
   If only......
It really moves me and makes me feel like I am right there at the place learning and absorbing each line, he says. Only a few weeks later, I would have been born.
   The GOAT
He was a no bullshit type of guy, my kind of guy. He wanted the truth, always. I went to the Neighborhood Playhouse for the first time. I couldn't sing or dance well so I didn't get asked back for the second year, but the acting technique and the acting teacher there taught me so much, she said. He was a beast.
   Mean Spirited and Doesn't Hold Up
Nobody would put up with that kind of crap. I remember liking aspects of the Meisner technique, so I'm re-reading it. Today, it reads more like a biography of a megalomaniacal ogre than an acting primer.