Watch the Master himself…

Watch the Master himself...

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Back in 1980, concerned that there would be no record of his work, Sydney Pollack, along with Mark Rydell and a number of Meisner Alumni gathered together to record Sanford Meisner teaching the technique. They filmed some 70 hours of video.

It wasn’t until 2006 that the Sanford Meisner Estate released over 7 hours of footage from this session on a 2 DVD set. It was later released as a shorter version for online streaming.

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Being the last teacher to work with Sanford Meisner, Martin Barter was tasked to record the commentary for this 2006 release. Interspersed throughout the archival footage, Martin provides additional background and deeper understanding of the work being shown. This DVD set is the most complete recording of Sandy’s teaching available.

Some of this footage was used in the Playhouse Repertory Company’s 1984 documentary titled “Sanford Meisner – The Theatres Best Kept Secret”. This documentary detailing Sandy’s life and history includes additional footage of him teaching at the Neighborhood Playhouse, mixed with interviews of well-known Meisner Alumni.

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