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Sanford Meisner: The American Theatre's Best Kept Secret 



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Episode credited cast:
Susan Boehm ... Herself
Robert Duvall ... Himself
Peter Falk ... Himself
Bob Fosse ... Himself (archive footage)
Lee Grant ... Herself
Stephen Harvey Stephen Harvey ... Himself - Interviewer
Anne Jackson ... Herself
Elia Kazan ... Himself
David Mamet ... Himself
Vivian Matalon Vivian Matalon ... Himself
Sanford Meisner ... Himself
Gregory Peck ... Himself
Suzanne Pleshette ... Herself
Sydney Pollack ... Himself
Tony Randall ... Himself


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Release Date:

27 August 1990 (USA) See more »

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Black and White | Color (Eastmancolor)

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1.33 : 1
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An Invaluable Documentary
21 August 2005 | by skinnyguySee all my reviews

I originally saw this invaluable, wonderful documentary when it was premiered at Joe Papp's Public Theatre in NYC, in 1985.

Immediately I was inspired to learn the Meisner method. I couldn't afford the expensive commitment required at the Neighborhood Playhouse, Meisner's headquarters, but I was fortunate to train for a year with Sandy's favorite teacher---the lovable Fred Kareman, at Carnegie Hall Studios.

It revolutionized my ability to perform and liberated me from all the "mental" techniques we all learned in college and during our formative years.

Luckily I recorded this movie from PBS TV and have used it frequently as a teaching tool. I never became a famous actor, but Meisner's legacy lives on, through me, as I have instructed many, many young people with the nurturing encouragement that Fred Kareman instilled in me. If it hadn't been for Meisner movie, I never would have experienced the true JOY of the "craft" of acting.

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