Stella Adler, Awake and Dream

This documentary is an intimate portrait of the actor and teacher, Stella Adler, daughter of the renowned stars of the Yiddish Theatre, Jacob and Sara Adler.
Ms. Adler began her career as an actor but went on to found her own school, the Stella Adler School of Acting whose students included Marlon Brando, Robert De Niro, Elaine Stritch, Mark Ruffalo, Salma Hayek and Benito Del Toro. A student and practitioner of the Stanislavsky Method, she was an original member of the Group Theatre but broke from them when she rejected their belief that an actor should create himself from the thoughts and feelings of his character. Rather, she believed the actor should use his imagination after doing extensive research.