A filmed version of Death of a Salesman, directed by Volker Schlöndorff, was televised in 1985 and was later released in theaters. Dustin Hoffman repeated the role of Willy Loman that he had played on Broadway.
One of the differences that the film introduced was to expand the actions in the scenes by showing the hallucinations and flashbacks that Willy experiences. An example is Uncle Ben. He does not merely converse with Willy but acts out his lines, such as when he threatens Willy with an umbrella tip to emphasize a line about fighting fair.
Miller’s play calls for impressionistic sets in which lighting helps suggest the different locales of Willy’s imagination and memory. The original staging was designed for traditional proscenium theater, in which staging is strongly influenced by the audience’s sight lines. Using cameras in the film allows for additional perspectives, including close-ups where the audience can see character’s expressions. The movie’s sets are more fully...
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