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Sanford Meisner on Acting

by Dennis Longwell, Sanford Meisner
Introduction by Sydney Pollack

Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group | July 12, 1987 | Trade Paperback

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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

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 3.16 × 2.02 × 0.22 in

Published: July 12, 1987

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0394750594

ISBN - 13: 9780394750590

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Sanford Meisner on Acting

by Dennis Longwell, Sanford Meisner
Introduction by Sydney Pollack

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 3.16 × 2.02 × 0.22 in

Published: July 12, 1987

Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0394750594

ISBN - 13: 9780394750590

From the Publisher

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

From the Jacket

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

About the Author

Actor, director and producer Sydney Pollack was born in Lafayette, Indiana on July 1, 1934. After graduating from high school, he moved to New York City and enrolled in the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theater. While there, he studied under Stanford Meisner from 1952 to 1954 and became his assistant from 1954 to 1959. He directed about 20 films including The Way We Were, They Shoot Horses, Don't They?, and Tootsie. He won two Oscars for Out of Africa, one as director and one as producer of the film. He produced more than 40 films including Presumed Innocent, The Fabulous Baker Boys, The Talented Mr. Ripley, and Michael Clayton. He also acted in numerous films and television shows including Husbands and Wives, Eyes Wide Shut, Michael Clayton, Frasier, Will and Grace, and The Sopranos. He received the first annual Extraordinary Contribution to Filmmaking award from the Austin Film Festival on October 21, 2006. He died of cancer on May 26, 2008.

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A primer for aspiring and beginning actors, by one of the most renowned and beloved acting coaches in the U.S. Introduction by Sydney Pollack
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