Uta Hagen's Acting Class: The
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Actors, directors, and teachers now have the opportunity to study with the legendary actress and teacher Uta Hagen for the first time on DVD. Shot over the course of two years, the interaction between Ms. Hagen and the actors and audience puts the viewer right in the room. All ten of her celebrated Object Exercises are clarified and performed. Jack Lemmon, Whoopi Goldberg and Christine Lahti, among others - all former students - recall their classes with Ms. Hagen and her enduring influence on their work. As Ms. Hagen herself states, "When I believe that there is a human being in action up there, in that moment, alive - right there - then I get spellbound. When you really achieve that understanding of human nature, the ability to place yourselves in the shoes of another human being and reveal that life onstage, is to me the ultimate experience." 2 DVDS, 200 MINUTES TOTAL! Uta Hagen has received the Tony and Drama Critics Awards for her roles in Odets' The Country Girl and Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. She won an Obie Award for her role in Mrs. Klein and was awarded a Tony for Special Lifetime Achievement and the National Endowment for the Arts Medal of Honor. "Because I love the theater, and believe it to be not only the actor's training but testing ground, it is with great pleasure that I recommend this set." - Meryl Streep "Here is Ms. Hagen at her extraordinary best - witty, compassionate, inspired and inspiring. Will watching this make you a better actor, director or teacher? Yes, yes and yes!" - David Hyde Pierce "How fortunate that Hagen's teaching has been captured on film ... This is an important work." - Library Journal "It is absolutely required viewing." - Richard Brown, Professor of Humanities, New York University
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The DVD is not a technical help tool to show you how to warm up or prepare for a play a role or audition as I thought it would have been.
Instead it is a quite amazing thing because you will from the very first minute of the DVD walk straight into the HB Studio's classroom and view everything as if you were doing a sit in for a course you might be interested in.
One will then watch her students first get some instructions about each exercise that she has and then they will based on the chosen exercise go up on stage and play dialogues against each other. After some minutes she will stop the students and instead of telling them what they did wrong ask them If there is something they could criticize about what they just did, and why they believe it to be so?
After that the students have talked about their understandings she will fill in with her own and give a very honest answer to everyone. It is obvious that she knows what she is doing and her feedback is always based on how the students have reached the goal of the exercises or not.
I would say that it is worth buying if one is serious about acting but if one live close to NY I would say that you are better off saving those money and instead go down to her studio, the HB studio and use those money for classes! I don't know how the other teachers are at that school but her exercises, her technique I feel is just so authentic and great and something that every actor that is serious about his or her acting should master!
The only thing about this DVD that is not so good is that it is a copy of an old video from the 1970's as I understand so the style and the sound recording is not the greatest or up to date with today's fashion. However, for the real actor that is probably irrelevant.
So, overall I feeel it is a great DVD and I give it a 4 of 5
Uta has created an amazing technique based on Internal acting and that I feel leads to authentic and truth like behavior on stage. I will most definitely go to NY and take her class!
Good Luck to all Actors and Actresses in the world! Maybe I'll see you in NY!
She heightens an appreciation of relationship, solitude, the nuances of small moments- which can generate much new thought in other fields, especially teaching.
As a teacher, she demonstrates the crucial quality all teachers should emulate: she is a colleague to her students, sharing in the discoveries, alive & curious, humble and vivacious.
What a great complement to the murky psychological pretensions of The Method.
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she trained generations of actors
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