Show Business: Strasberg: Applying the Method

Anyone who still believes that those who can, do, and those who can't, teach, should watch Lee Strasberg at work in The Godfather, Part II and repent. The most widely known and respected acting teacher in America turns in a cunning and finely tuned performance as Hyman Roth, a Jewish mobster. Strasberg is 73, and this is his movie debut.

He is best known for his interpretations—some would say distortions—of Stanislavsky's precepts, practiced most intensely at the Actors Studio in New York City and called casually the Method. Those for whom the Studio and the Method are synonyms of indulgence will be...

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