Strasberg at the Actors Studio

Tape-recorded Sessions

Strasberg at the Actors Studio

"A fascinating close-up of Mr. Strasberg's philosophy of theatre and method of working with actors."--Eliot Fremont-Smith, The New York Times Unavailable for over fifteen years, these transcripts of Strasberg's private acting classes provide a revealing look at one of the nation's most famous acting schools and its controversial leader.

The Washington Senators, 1901_1971

The Washington Senators, 1901_1971

The Washington Senators have a special place in baseball history as one of the most unsuccessful teams ever to play the game. The Nats (as headline writers had dubbed them by midcentury) got their start in 1901 thanks to Byron Bancroft "Ban" Johnson and endured 71 up-and-down seasons in the American League, which was created at the same time as the Washington ballclub. This huge work exhaustively chronicles the capricious history of the Washington Senators from the beginning to the end in 1971, with detailed information on the management and players who kept the organization going in good and bad times. Insights on how the team fit into the American League as well as statistics covering the team's records throughout its existence and the lifetime records of all members of the Baseball Hall of Fame who played with the Washington Senators are also provided.

The Actors Studio and Hollywood in the 1950s

A History of Theatrical Realism

The Actors Studio and Hollywood in the 1950s

Theatrical Realism is an American Film movement of the 1950s noted for its high aspirations – to create a significant 'art' cinema. Ironically, the films that comprise this movement are virtually forgotten today. Theatrical Realism is Hollywood's continuation of the Italian Neo-Realist movement. It was a direct result of the confluence of “Method Acting” as taught by Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio, the screen adaptations of plays by Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and William Inge, and the Golden Age of Television.

The Actor's Art

Conversations with Contemporary American Stage Performers

The Actor's Art

Biographies are so much more than lists of teachers, roles, and awards. The Actor's Art conveys stories about numerous productions, insight about becoming and being an actor, and opinions about issues such as color-blind casting and the future of theatre. Together, these conversations form lively, thought-provoking sketches of such stars as Hume Cronyn and Jessica Tandy, Ruby Dee, Julie Harris, Cherry Jones, James Earl Jones, Stacy Keach, Nathan Lane, and Jason Robards. The Actor's Art demonstrates the value of listening, and the pleasures of reading.

The Actors Studio

A History

The Actors Studio

The Actors Studio, a secluded workshop in New York City that for decades has had a marked influence on the worlds of stage and screen, functions much like a secret society behind closed doors. Confusion about its essence and its activities abounds. It all began when Stanislavsky's Moscow Art Theatre brought its brand of "realism" to the United States in 1923. The legendary Group Theater followed. Then came the Studio, with the idiosycratic Lee Strasberg as its head following conflicts with Stella Alder and the Group. Studio followers Elia Kazan and Robert Lewis are fully discussed. Strasberg's background and the encounters between him and the actors he guided are presented in detail. The lives and careers of early icons like Marlon Brando, Montgomery Clift, Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, the Studio's 1960s efforts to form a production company, and the way the Studio has changed for the 21st century are all covered.

New York Modern

The Arts and the City

New York Modern

"This history is as lively as its subject, clarifying the genealogy of the successive rebellions that marked the unfolding of modernism." -- New Yorker

Bruce Dern

A Memoir

Bruce Dern

One of Hollywood's biggest personalities, Bruce Dern is not afraid to say what he thinks. He has left an indelible mark on numerous projects, from critically acclaimed films to made-for-TV movies and television series. His notable credits include The Great Gatsby (1974), The 'Burbs (1989), Monster (2003), Django Unchained (2012), and Nebraska (2013), for which he won the Best Actor award at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. He also earned Oscar nominations for Best Supporting Actor in Coming Home (1978) and for Best Actor in Nebraska (2013). In Bruce Dern: A Memoir, Christopher Fryer and Robert Crane help the outspoken star frame the fascinating tale of his life in Hollywood. Dern details the challenges he faced as an artist in a cutthroat business, his struggle against typecasting, and his thoughts on and relationships with other big names in the industry, including Elia Kazan, Alfred Hitchcock, Jack Nicholson, Paul Newman, Bob Dylan, Matt Damon, Jane Fonda, John Wayne, and Tom Hanks. He also explores the impact of his fame on his family and discusses his unique relationship with his daughter, actress Laura Dern. Edgy and uncensored, this memoir takes readers on a wild ride, offering an insider's view of the last fifty years in Hollywood.

Lost Objects Of Desire

The Performances of Jeremy Irons

Lost Objects Of Desire

This first book-length critical study of Jeremy Irons concentrates on his key performances and acting style. Through the analysis of some of the major screen roles in Irons's career, such as Brideshead Revisited, The French Lieutenant's Woman, Reversal of Fortune, Swann in Love, Dead Ringers and Lolita, Mark Nicholls identifies a new masculine identity that unites them: an emblematic figure of the 1980s and 1990s presented as an alternative to the action hero or the common man. Using clear explanations of complex theoretical ideas, this book investigates Jeremy Irons's performances through the lens of sexual inversion and social rebellion, to uncover an entirely original but recognizable screen type.