DEATH OF A SALESMAN REVIEWED
“Death of a Salesman” premiered on CBS back in 1985. I hope that everyone can appreciate a time when a major American TV network was willing to broadcast a star-studded staging of probably the most famous American play. Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich dominate in their roles as Willy Loman and Biff. Hoffman finds the vulnerability in an aging and partially senile Loman. He wants to remember a life better lived with sons that don’t totally hate him. All the while, his emotionally abused wife exists on the edges of the stage.
Hoffman doesn’t try to reinvent the wheel with the play. What he does pull together is the emotional appeal that so many miss in Arthur Miller’s original play. Hoffman wants you to identify with Loman’s plight and why he made certain choices. It’s a quick blast for a direct translation of a play. Honestly, if you have a kid that needs to see it for school, this is probably the best adaptation possible. Director Volker Schlondorff doesn’t get enough credit for his staging, but this does belong his highlights from the late 1970s – 1980s.
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- DTS-HD MONO