A Method to Their Madness

Foster Hirsch discusses the Group Theater, the Actors Studio, what became known as “the Method” and its influence on stage and film.

Foster Hirsch with Harry Belafonte

Harry Belafonte talks with Foster Hirsch at the screening of Odds against Tomorrow at the Music Box Theatre for NOIR CITY: Chicago in 2009. Belafonte talks about the film, Robert Wise, Abraham Polonsky, and The Blacklist.

Foster Hirsch with Farley Granger

Actor Farley Granger talks with Foster Hirsch about fellow actor Robert Walker following a screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. Filmed on October 25, 2008 at the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland for NOIR CITY: DC.

Foster Hirsch with Patty McCormack

Foster Hirsch interviews Patty McCormack following the sold-out screening of The Bad Seed at New York City’s Film Forum on December 12, 2021.

Foster Hirsch with Victoria Wilson

Following a screening of Sorry, Wrong Number, Victoria Wilson, author of A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940, talks with Foster Hirsch about Stanwyck’s not needing to be loved; what drew Stanwyck to noir; her appearance; why her acting stays vital. Recorded December 9, 2014. (Part 1 of 3)

Foster Hirsch with Stathis Giallelis

Actor Stathis Giallelis talks with Foster Hirsch about The Rehearsal (1974), Jules Dassin’s rarest and most politically charged work “a rehearsal for freedom” screened at San Francisco’s Roxie Theatre on March 22, 2015.

Foster Hirsch with Jerry Carlson

Host, Jerry Carlson, professor of film studies at CCNY, discusses The Hitch-Hiker with Foster Hirsch, film professor at Brooklyn College. Hirsch and Carlson examine the film’s plot and visual style, as well as its director Ida Lupino. Recorded in 2010.