Definition of method acting in English:

method acting


mass noun
  • A technique of acting in which an actor aspires to complete emotional identification with a part, based on the system evolved by Stanislavsky and brought into prominence in the US in the 1930s. Method acting was developed by Elia Kazan and Lee Strasberg in particular, and is associated with actors such as Marlon Brando and Dustin Hoffman.

    • ‘Her method acting is based on the technique of Sanford Meisner who developed it when he was head of the prestigious Neighborhood Playhouse School of Acting in New York.’
    • ‘How different is it from some of the traditional methods that actors use to prepare for a role, such as method acting, when you try to grasp the essence of a character.’
    • ‘To this day, method acting remains a highly regarded pedagogical model for training actors.’
    • ‘I guess most actors, even allowing for a certain amount of method acting, have to do this, and many singers too.’
    • ‘The rest of his concern arose over his co-stars who were steeped in method acting for which Gable had little time.’
    • ‘This sort of method acting is one way to work, but I wouldn't want to work like that all the time.’
    • ‘The five-week course focuses on the Meisner Technique, a form of method acting practiced on theatre stages around the world.’
    • ‘There's method acting and there's muscle memory.’
    • ‘Still, if I ever have to play a lady in a coach being held up by a highwayman, I'll certainly know how it feels - I'll be able to do some genuine method acting.’
    • ‘People have strange ideas about method acting because of all the actors who take themselves seriously.’
    • ‘Attempting to determine whether the offstage trauma that she's undergoing is genuine or an extreme form of method acting becomes the film's dramatic crux, and it's more than enough to hold the viewer's attention.’
    • ‘Dabbling in method acting in my early university days has finally paid off…’
    • ‘All the obituaries I've read talk about Brando ‘transforming’ acting, as if both he and his style of method acting came out of nowhere.’
    • ‘I mean, we're not talking mere research here, we're talking a step beyond method acting.’
    • ‘There he studied method acting, the discipline which requires performers to draw on their own experiences and emotions to create a character, and became its most famous exponent.’
    • ‘You studied at the Lee Strasburg School of method acting.’
    • ‘As for the band's authenticity - is it due to musical method acting or some type of paranormal possession?’
    • ‘But I indulged in some method acting, you might say.’
    • ‘Let it not be giving too much away to say that it turns out method acting and the love of a good woman can achieve amazing ends.’
    • ‘Of course, not everyone would appreciate paying today's admission price just to see method acting at it's finest, so I can't outright recommend this film.’


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