USC grad Randal Kleiser (Grease, The Blue Lagoon) continues to spread the word about the phenomenal instructional DVD he put together a few years ago about his late teacher Nina Foch. As well he should.
Underwritten by George Lucas, the DVD was culled from around 100 hours of footage shot by Kleiser during Foch’s USC course about acting and filmmaking. Following a recent speech at Athens’ Michael Cacoyannis Foundation that focused heavily on the DVD, Kleiser talked to greekreporter.com about the Oscar nominee for Executive Suite and Emmy nominee for Lou Grant:
“Nina Foch was the best teacher I ever had and I knew her teachings had to be recorded for future generations. Even as she continued acting in film and television, her passion for teaching lasted for over forty years.”
“Her course was immensely popular because she developed her own unique style drawing from her experiences studying with Lee Strasberg, Stella Adler and Uta Hagen, as well as, the directors, Vincente Minnelli, Stanley Kubrick, Cecil B. DeMille and Otto Preminger. She taught a generation of filmmakers including John McTiernan, Amy Heckerling, Ed Zwick, Ron Underwood and many others. Nina went from being my teacher, to my mentor, to my good friend.”
Echoing these sentiments via amazon.com are testimonials from recognizable Hollywood names. Writer-director Tony Bill writes, “I’ve only been a professional in the movie business for just under 49 years, so I still have a lot to learn. And I learned a great deal from this wonderful DVD of Ms. Foch’s.” Special effects specialist Paul E. Debevec notes: “I had the privilege of taking Foch’s directing class at USC in the fall of 2000, just a class or two before these DVDs were recorded. It is a thrill to be able to return to her classroom through these DVDs, reliving every bit of the delight and awe that one feels taking her class.”