"Lee Strasberg's Method" is a documentary film that investigates and clarifies Method acting and dispels some of the misconceptions that many people have about Lee Strasberg's work.
The film is primarily an interview with Geoffrey Horne, who started studying with Lee in 1954. Geoffrey has been a member of the Actor's Studio since 1956 and has been a teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York since 1978. Geoffrey Horne played the role of Lt. Joyce in the film "The Bridge on the River Kwai" and appeared in many other films, plays and television shows. Among the actors who were in his acting class that Lee Strasberg taught were Marilyn Monroe, Jane Fonda and Mike Nichols. Some of the actors who attended the Actor's Studio with Geoffrey are Paul Newman, Geraldine Page, Kim Stanley, Maureen Stapleton, Eva Marie Saint, Ben Gazzara, Ellen Burstyn, Gene Wilder, Robert DeNiro, Al Pacino and Christopher Walken. Among the actors that Geoffrey has taught are Alec Baldwin, Adam Sandler, Bridget Fonda, John Leguizamo, and Kevin Corrigan. Geoffrey has worked with directors David Lean, Otto Preminger, Robert Wise, Stanley Kramer and Michelangelo Antonioni. Some of the actors with whom Geoffrey has worked include William Holden, Alec Guiness, Deborah Kerr, David Niven, Bruce Lee, Harrison Ford, Jack Hawkins, Jean Seberg, Geraldine Page and Rip Torn.
"Lee Strasberg's Method" starts by explaining the work of Constantin Stanislavski, the Russian actor and director who originated the idea of actor training and who directly influenced the work of Lee Strasberg. From there, the film investigates the various theories, exercises and applications of the Stanislavski System and the Lee Strasberg Method. Mixed in with precise explanations of the work are Geoffrey's personal reflections and experiences with Lee Strasberg. The film, just like Lee did in life, celebrates the art of acting without criticizing other theorists' and teachers' concepts.
Anna Strasberg, Lee Strasberg's widow, has given full approval in the making of the film. She has also granted permission to use photographs from the Lee Strasberg archives – some of the material from the archives has never been viewed by the general public. The photos from the Strasberg archives along with other historical photographs from the theater world and photographs of contemporary actors help color the film.
"Lee Strasberg's Method" clarifies the work of Lee Strasberg and also advocates the importance of actor training.
ABOUT JEREMY KRUSE
Jeremy Kruse is an award winning filmmaker, published playwright and professional actor. He graduated from the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts where he majored in drama. He studied for three consecutive years after graduation and continues to train with his teacher, mentor and friend, Geoffrey Horne. Jeremy is also currently a teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York.
"Jeremy Kruse's insightful documentary is dedicated to the timelessness of Lee Strasberg's Method. I was moved by Geoffrey Horne's passion and eloquence in speaking about the work which he has taught for all these years." - Anna Strasberg
"Gifted actor and master teacher of Strasberg's Method, Geoffrey Horne, clearly describes the essence of Lee Strasberg's genius and his lasting contribution to the art of acting. I was mesmerized by this film." - Lola Cohen - Author/Editor of The Lee Strasberg Notes and teacher at The Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute
- Format: NTSC
- Region: All Regions
- Number of discs: 1
- DVD Release Date: February 9, 2012
- Run Time: 90 minutes