Uta Hagen’s Acting Class: The DVDs

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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

Product Details

  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR Not Rated
  • Studio: Applause Books
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2004
  • Run Time: 180 minutes
  • ASIN: B0001Z3IHG

Customer Reviews

It was almost like attending the class without the travel or the homework

One person found this helpful.
 on September 26, 2014
By Richard W.
If you want to watch one of the masters of acting at work with a class, this is it. It was almost like attending the class without the travel or the homework.

Amazing teacher, will go to NY and take her class!

43 people found this helpful.
 on July 19, 2005
By Ericsater Christoffer
I am a young actor in Europe, Sweden and I got Uta’s books, Respect for Acting and, A Challenge for the Actor previously to my purchase of the DVD, Uta Hagan’s Acting Class. So, I had already read through her books when I got the DVD which I felt when viewing the DVD is a must to understand the DVD.

Wonderfully clear and focused presentation of modern acting technique.

24 people found this helpful.
 on November 8, 2005
By jack wilinsky
Of all the great teachers of acting around, none are as clear and true as Uta Hagen. These two dvds cover a condensation of two semesters of her acting classes. Pretty much all the points mentioned in her books(if you decide to invest in this dvd, you might also consider purchasing her newest book: “Challenge For The Actor”, which is essentially a revision and expansion of her first book: “Respect For Acting”)are covered, if you pay close attention. No matter what your level of ability may currently be, you should benefit from watching this. In addition, you may find it entertaining! All performing artists should find this enlightening.

… work with Uta and come back to do them better. Very interesting

2 people found this helpful.
 on September 7, 2015
By Wayne
Helpful to see actors work with Uta and come back to do them better. Very interesting.

If you are an actor – get this

 on May 29, 2014
By Rebecca
Sadly, we actors do not have an opportunity to study with Uta Hagen today, but because of these videos, we have an opportunity to look through that window. If you’re a serious actor, and you’re serious about the Hagen technique, purchased her book and these DVDs together. I’m a lifelong believer and I’m still learning from her, years after the first day I purchased her book.

Chalk full of info and was great to be able to feel as though you were …

 on August 29, 2015
By Brittany Dixon
From the reviews, it was just what I had expected. Chalk full of info and was great to be able to feel as though you were a part of the class! Definitely a great resource and the best 3 hours you will get for the price! Dvd came fast and in perfect shape!

Amazing

 on March 12, 2013
By Revanchist
Words cannot describe the experience of actually seeing a class held by Uta Hagen.

A magnificant teacher in an excellent DVD

4 people found this helpful.
 on January 4, 2008
By A
Uta Hagen is one of the greatest acting teachers of the 20th century. This DVD really captures her essence, her wit, her technique, and her insight. It truly is a treasure to see her. If you haven’t read her book, you’ll still get plenty out of it. If you have, you will love it all the greater. To really hear her voice telling all about her exercises and ideals is amazing. Anyone who loves the theatre and wants to be an actor would greatly appreciate, love, and find useful. I implore all of you to buy this!I certainly will use it for a long time to come!

Excellent

3 people found this helpful.
 on March 14, 2007
By Tangela Stanley
This dvd is perfect for the novice or the student.Ms. Hagen has a very engaging style and interacts well with her students. The different scenes are approached and critiqued in helpful ways without a lot of grand-standing or diva attitude. This lady is a professional and treats all with respect.Many comments from famous students like Amanda Peet and Whoopee Goldberg also add to the texture of the workshops.

Perfect!

 on January 29, 2017
By MikeysMom
Perfect gift for my 15 year old nephew, an aspiring actor!

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