Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
The philosophy of the instructors at the Actors Studio in New York City has been central to the development of a naturalistic style of acting, nicknamed "The Method." This school of acting has played and continues to play a dominant role in the training of American thespians, and was originally based on the ground-breaking acting theories of the Russian Constantin Stanislavsky. Notable exponents of that style include actors Marlon Brando, Paul Newman and Eli Wallach, playwrights Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller, film and stage director and writer Elia Kazan, and numerous younger and by now better known performers, writers and directors. This French documentary provides a brief and (according to some reviewers) superficial look at the ongoing work of students at this important institution, co-founded (and made famous) by the irascible Lee Strasberg.