I can’t say I’d ever heard of Michael Chekhov and George Shdanoff, but I have now. GregoryPeck narrates the lives of these two men, which play out with the 20th Century as a backdrop.There are many clips here of actors whom they taught (such as James Dean).
The sound is mono, but you don’t really need anything else for this sort of documentary,depending as it does largely on the spoken word. The sound is certainly clear enough.
The picture is solid enough, depending largely on the quality of the source materials, whichrange from videotaped sessions of the acting school, to grainy newsreel footage of the Russianrevolution.
A commentary for a documentary seems almost redundant, but here is one all the same(sometimes drowned out by the film’s soundtrack). Director Frederick Keeves provides furtherbackground on the subjects, as well as going into this own reasons for making the film. The trackactually is quite interesting. There are also some outtakes, and Keeves’ bio.
This is one of the most specialized discs that I’ve seen, but there is a lot of information herefor those who are interested.
Special Features List
- Director’s Bio
- Director’s Commentary