Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Death of a Salesman (1966)

Death of a Salesman, a tragedy of the common man, adapted from the 1949 stage drama by Arthur Miller, one of America’s greatest playwrights. This is the TV version, broadcast on Sunday May 8th 1966 (by CBS-TV), starring Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock, playing the same characters from their original 1949 Broadway roles. This TV production was directed by Alex Segal. You can view Act 2 [here]. Death of a Salesman has universal appeal and long-standing significance, since it raises issues of vital importance to the average person, notably love, freedom, individuality, solidarity and creativity—all of which are important for a humane society. You can also watch the 1985 TV version, starring Dustin Hoffman and Kate Reid, and directed by Volker Schlöndorff, [here]; and the 1951 version (in b&W), starring Frederic March and Mildred Dunnock, and directed by László Benedek, a Hungarian Jew, [here]. Each one is worth watching. For more, go [here] and [here] and [here].

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