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The Sanford Meisner Approach Vol. II: Emotions Paperback – Jun 1997

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 116 pages
  • Publisher: Smith & Kraus Pub Inc (June 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1575250748
  • ISBN-13: 978-1575250748
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 14.6 x 22.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #715,199 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Larry Silverberg clarifies his mentor's theories and provides us with a systematic, effective approach to acting's emotional component. Gone are the exercises dealing with the actor's personal emotional trauma--no more teacher as therapist. Meisner's approach is in the "now" and works in the fertile field of the actor's imagination. With practice it works every time. Larry Silverberg has crafted a treasure.
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Should anyone get the wrong impression about this book please understand (for your own sakes should you purchase this) that Sanford Meisner did not arrange for Larry Silverberg to write down any of this work. The description of "shortly before his death Sanford Meisner arranged for etc etc" is a complete fabrication and I believe Larry Silverberg himself would deny the description himself. He knows full well that Meisner did not arrange anything in this manner with Larry Silverberg. Now Larry may be a fine individual and given all the reviews it sounds true. But the book is another matter. You just can't learn this stuff from a book.
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HASH(0x9be27348) out of 5 stars The Antithesis of Strasberg Nov. 10 2008
By Dean F. Lundquist - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
In my opinion, Lee Strasberg's indefatigable attachment to "Emotional" or "Affective Memory", a technique that Stanisklavski later disregarded as unusable, has done more to harm the training of an actor than it did good. This misconception was the basis for "The Method". Both Sandy Meisner and Stella Adler knew that Strasberg got it wrong. This was partly the reason for the rift in The Group Theatre. Sandy knew from his experience as an actor, that using memory to re-create emotion on stage would disconnect the actor from his environment, and done night after night, would lead the poor fellow to madness or a nervous breakdown. Dustin Hoffmann's performance in "Death of a Salesman" on Broadway are living proof. While "The Method" might sometimes work for the camera, it doesn't work for the rigor demanded of the stage. Meisner's approach relies on and nurtures the actor's imagination to put him or herself into the appropriate emotional state for the imaginary circumstances of the drama. Silverberg's book is practical and essential. It is a workbook, not a textbook. It contains practical exercises, frank anecdotes and the underlying theory behind the exercises. Great work, Larry. I am certain that Sandy would be very proud of his star pupil.
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HASH(0x9be2739c) out of 5 stars At Last! Acting without Psychotherapy May 30 2000
By Jeanne Everton - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Larry Silverberg clarifies his mentor's theories and provides us with a systematic, effective approach to acting's emotional component. Gone are the exercises dealing with the actor's personal emotional trauma--no more teacher as therapist. Meisner's approach is in the "now" and works in the fertile field of the actor's imagination. With practice it works every time. Larry Silverberg has crafted a treasure.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9be277d4) out of 5 stars Remarkable Book Sept. 21 2011
By Matthew Hamner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have a MFA in acting from the University of Central Florida, and I teach acting at Christian Brothers University in Memphis Tennessee. I studied with Larry Silverberg for two summers. He is as remarkable a teacher as he is a writer. Even though one might think it is extremely difficult to explain the Meisner technique in a book, Larry has accomplished that. Like many, I believe you need to study acting in a class to learn the craft, but these series of books are a rare exception. Not only do they teach the technique using a step by step process which allows the actor to really understand what s/he is doing, but they reveal the essence of the Meisner approach which is to specify a role until it has ULTIMATE MEANING for YOU!

Also, if you didn't know by now from reading the other reviews, "Meisner gave Larry and Smith & Kraus written permission to publish these books.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9be27b94) out of 5 stars Books are good things! Sept. 15 2011
By Janet Magnuson - Published on Amazon.com
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I was lucky enough to spend a year with two of Larry Silverberg's students who now have a studio of their own. Over four sessions of 11 weeks each, we followed Larry's interpretations of Sanford Meisner's teaching in a very caring and trusting environment. I can't say enough good things about this experience. It really changed my life as an actor and as a person. I see that a reviewer here has said that you can't learn acting from a book. Well of course you can't, but that doesn't mean that great books can't be an immense help. How many have poured over Stanislavky's books and found inspiration there? And these books are wonderful. They lay out paths to follow without anxiety or fear, in a straightforward, simple and productive manner. I mentioned the atmosphere of trust in my classes; I'm sure that began with Larry. Find a teacher who knows this work, get hold of the books, and enjoy!
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HASH(0x9be27b40) out of 5 stars Bravo Silverberg Oct. 4 2011
By Allan Byrne - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have been a professional actor for 30 years. About fifteen years ago I was verylucky. I picked up Larry Siverberg's first book on the Sanford Meisner approach. It changed my life as an actor, and as a teacher. I know of no finer book on acting, and I have read a lot of them. It is the clearest, the most step by step, and the most inspirational book on true acting that has ever been written. This also holds for the other three books in his series. Did reading his book make me a better actor over night? Of course not. And Larry Silverberg never said that it would. Let me repeat that - he never said that it would! So what did it do? It opened a path that I could begin to follow - a long and very difficult path, but a wonderous and life changing journey. It showed me where my training was lacking, and what real actor training could be. It inspired me and gave me a map to use to begin exploring with fellow actors the craft of acting. And it lead me to seek out new teachers. I am a better actor because of this book.
I have used Larry Silverber's books in many university acting and directing classes. When I started using his first volume, teaching became fun and exciting again. I have seen his approach work with so many students, and it is miraculous. I can not recomend his books highly enough as either an introduction to what true acting can be, or as the beginning of a wonderful journey.


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