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“Does it seem to you that it is possible to speak of art? …It would be the same as trying to explain love.” – Eleonora Duse, 1858-1924

Browse our collection of links and titles.

We hope these suggestions inspire and guide you to a deeper understanding of dramatic art.

Films (to rent or purchase click on link)
The Godfather
THE FEVER  by Wallace Shawn
My Big Break by Tony Zierra
1970s FILMS (and beyond)
A Patch of Blue
Inside Daisy Clover
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Georgy Girl
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
Wait Until Dark
The Graduate
Bonnie and Clyde
Rachael, Rachael
A Man and A Woman
Zorba the Greek
Easy Rider
They Shoot Horses Don’t They
Five Easy Pieces
King of Marvin Gardens
The Last Picture Show
Diary of a Mad Housewife
Little Big Man
I Never Sang for My Father
8 1/2
La Dolce Vita
La Strada
Wild Strawberries
The French Connection
Carnal Knowledge
The Godfather
The Emigrants
Lady Sings the Blues
Butterflies are Free
The Heartbreak Kid (1972)
Save the Tiger
Bang the Drum Slowly
Cries and Whispers
Last Tango in Paris
Day for Night
The Pedestrian
Woodstock (Documentary)
The Garden of the Finzi-Contanis
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Cries and Whispers
The Godfather II
Harry and Tonto
China Town
Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore
Blazing Saddles
A Woman Under the Influence
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Dersu Uzala
Taxi Driver
All the President’s Men
Marathon Man
Swept Away (Dir. Lina Wertmuller)
Seven Beauties
Black and White in Color
Looking for Mr. Goodbar
Operation Thunderbolt
Autum Sonata
Coming Home
The Deer Hunter
Norma Rae
Kremer vs Kremer
Apocalypse Now
Being There
La Cage aux Folles (1979)
Raging Bull
Ordinary People
Melvyn and Howard
The Last Metro
Chariots of Fire

(Not in any particular order.)


Stella Adler- Interview and Acting Class

Documentary about Lee Strasberg and Method Acting

Daniel Day Lewis – Interview

Daniel Day Lewis – another Interview

Daniel Day Lewis – getting SAG award

Juliette Binoche on Charlie Rose

Juliette Binoche on Inside the Actors Studio

Bradley Cooper on Inside the Actors Studio

Tupac talks about acting

 Naomi Watts on Charlie Rose

Jude Law on Charlie Rose, speaking about playing Hamlet

Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet, Micky Rourke, Frank Langella talk to Charlie Rose

Marilyn Monroe – Lee Strasberg

Brando Method Discussion Part 1

Marlon Brando interview 1989

Marlon Brando Interview Dick Cavett 1973

Sammy David Jr.

Stella Adler teaching

Uta Hagen Part 1

Sean Penn on Marlon Brando and the art of acting

Sean Penn’s speaks about acting, Hollywood, and the internet

Cate Blanchett on Charlie Rose

Bradley Cooper on Inside the Actors Studio

Thandie Newman on

Al Pacino on Inside the Actors Studio

Estelle Parsons- Oscar winner and Artistic dir. of the Actors Studio (4 part interview!)

Angelina Jolie on Inside the Actors Studio

Method Acting- “Red Method Acting”

MIchelle Williams- Interview

Dennis Hopper on Method Acting

 James Dean (Masters) Part 1 

James Dean- Interview

James Dean- speaking with his father

Marlon Brando on Larry King Live

Theater of War- Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline

Sandy Meisner – What we learn in acting class 

Meryl Streep on auditioning




Out of Your Mind- Alan Watts – (I & II)

Alan Watts – animated by South Park creators

Liz Coleman’s call to reinvent Liberal Arts Education

Jill Bolte Taylor’s Stroke of Insight- The Left and Right Brain

Iain McGilchrist fine tunes The Left and Right Brain connection

Dr. Cornel West- On Being Human

The Century of the Self

Eve Ensler – A talk for actors

J.K Rowling Commencement speech at Harvard

Dana Gould (Family Guy) and Brian discuss his book ‘Wish It, Want It, Do It!’

Royal Society of Art youtube on empathy

Smile or Die

The Secret Powers of Time

Noomi Rapace speaks about developing her character The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

Jaron Lanier speaks about You Are Not A Gadget

The Burning Times

The Girl Who Silenced the World at the U.N. for 5 minutes

Speak with Conviction

The Importance of Being Present

Fishead- Essential watching for aspiring actors and actresses.

Watch Matthew Weiner, creator of MADMEN, speak about the last episode, the series, the actors and the writers.

Dr. Mario Martinez talks about the power of the Mind/Body connection. It’s also an excellent explination of Method Acting!

Through her TEDtalk on Shame, Dr. Brené Brown inadvertently gets to the heart of great acting,

From James Grissom’s blog, Follies of God : Thoughts on acting from Elia Kazan

Uta Hagen’s word of advice for modern actors​


Personal Growth Links

Dr. Mario Martinez explains how abandonment, shame and betrayal effect people and why dramatic art and great story telling are so transformative.   Check it out on youtube.

Dr. Ian McGilchrist’s award winning documentary The Divided Brain.

Wim Hof “THE ICE MAN” teaches how to tap into your full potential.

Healing the Seminal Wound  A podcast interview: Russell Brand and James McLeary.

Abraham      Wisdom from Esther Hicks 


Hollywood (on Netflix)


Black Mirror

When They See Us
(plus Oprah’s Interview with the Exonerated 5)

Breaking Bad

The Wire

Mozart in the Jungle

The Wizard of Wall Street

Handmaid’s Tale


Wild, Wild Country

Mad Men

Mildred Pierce

Olive Kitteridge

Temple Grandin


True Detective


Mr. Robot


Book Shelf

 Click on any image to purchase.

Focus on Acting

This book will help you understand how important your truth is in acting and in life.

Eleonora Duse explains how spirituality and the search for truth influenced everything she did.  Duse is considered to be one of the greatest dramatic artists who ever lived and the mother of modern acting. She was the inspiration for the work of  both Stanislavsky and Lee Strasberg.  If acting is your spiritual path, this book is your bible.

Stella Adler will set you straight on what it takes to be a great actor. The preface of this book is written by Marlon Brando.  What else is there to say?