« The Method »: A Path to Glory

Marlon Brandon, here on the filming of "A Streetcar named Desire",  was an American screen and stage actor. Considered to be one of the most important actors in American cinema, It is S.Adler student who broke with Strasberg's Actor's Studio and after he changed some methods of acting.
Marlon Brandon, here on the filming of « A Streetcar named Desire », was an American screen and stage actor. Considered to be one of the most important actors in American cinema, he’s S.Adler student. (who broke with Strasberg’s Actor’s Studio just after he changed some methods of acting).

I DECIDED to share this site with everything I find extraordinary about life. I decided to show you today a method, a century old technique. This method has changed a number of fate, it realized dreams and brought some people to the internationally renowned. It ‘s also one of the best ways to succeed in Hollywood for decades. I will present this magical technique and his history.

The Method Acting is derived from the Stanislavsky « System », a famous Russian actor and theater director. The « Moscow Art Theatre » with Stanislavsky begins, from the din of the 19th century, to encourage young players to use their emotional memories to mimic precisely the emotions and attitudes. The goal was to create a theater more realistic & authentic. With a too intense use of the « System », some actors were sometimes prey to hysteria!

This way, « realistic » theater way of acting soon join America, the « Moscow Art Theatre » and its actors had relationships with New Yorker scenarists & directors. Thus in 1930, the « Group Theatre » in New York will adapt the Stanislavski « System » and then, « The Method » begins to be born in the 1930s. This new technique is developed by well-known professors including Stella Adler, Robert Lewis, and Sanford Meisner

« The Method » gives less importance to the emotional memory of the actor. Method acting combined the actor’s careful consideration of the character’s psychological motives and personal identification with the character, possibly Including a reproduction of the character’s emotional state by recalling emotions or sensations from the actor’s own life. We must remember that this is primarily L.Strasberg himself co-founder of the « Group Theatre » which will strengthen and develop the technique including joining as a teacher, the training school of the most famous actors in the world « The Actor’s Studio » at 432 West 44th Street, New York. In mid-1950, « Method Acting » is opposed to « classical acting » and revolutionized the American theater.

Today Method Acting Schools have provided the biggest Hollywood stars including Paul Newman, Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, James Dean, George Peppard, Dustin Hoffman, Marilyn Monroe, Jane Fonda, Jack Nicholson, Mickey Rourke, and many others. You can watch & analyze David Day-Lewis in the upcoming S.Spielberg biopic where he plays Abraham Lincoln: he used « The Method » to be a more authentic & realistic character.

Take some minutes to watch the following video with J.Lipton who host the talk show « Inside The Actor’s Studio ». He met all the stars who have learned « The Method » and comes from the largest reserve of Hollywood actor (The Actor’s Studio).

If you are interested in learning more about the history and powers of your new discovery, read these few articles:

THE METHOD, STILL DISPUTED BUT NOW UBIQUITOUS http://www.nytimes.com/1987/04/14/arts/the-method-still-disputed-but-now-ubiquitous.html
Stella Adler, 91, an Actress And Teacher of the Method http://www.nytimes.com/1992/12/22/obituaries/stella-adler-91-an-actress-and-teacher-of-the-method.html

By Anthony Brevet, Founder of LiveProud blog

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