This historical 1966 television adaptation by Arthur Miller of his Pulitzer Prize-winning modern tragedy stars the incomparable Lee J. Cobb and Mildred Dunnock recreating their original Broadway roles. In a career-defining performance, Cobb portrays Willy Loman, the travelling salesman come at last to the end of his dreams. Death of a Salesman has been called the greatest American play of the Twentieth Century, and this classic recording brings forth breath-taking performances from Cobb, Dunnock, George Segal, James Farentino and Gene Wilder.
This great American classic stunned audiences with its brilliance and was quickly earmarked as a milestone of the modern theatre. It also sparked heated debates over the true nature of tragedy. Some critics criticised Miller for infusing the play with a deep sense of pity for the commonplace salesman Willy Loman. They insisted that Willy was a ‘little man’ and therefore not worthy of the pathos reserved for such tragic heroes such as Oedipus and Medea. Miller, however, argued that the tragic feeling is evoked whenever we are in the presence of a character, who is ready to sacrifice his life, if need be, to secure one thing – his sense of personal dignity. And the ‘little’ salesman was determined to do just that, no matter what the cost.
This landmark production has been digitally re-mastered and will endure for all generations to come. This programme as originally recorded, was edited for network time considerations with portions of the play's text omitted.
"… In a word, superb." The New York Times
|Format||DVD | Region 0 | PAL|
|Language & Duration||English | 108 Minutes|