Sunday, February 13, 2005

Arthur Miller left on the screen

Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller, one of the great American playwrights, whose work exposed the flaws in the fabric of the American dream, died Thursday night (10th February) at his home in Roxbury, Conn. He was 89. The author of "Death of a Salesman," a landmark of 20th-century drama, Mr. Miller grappled with the weightiest matters of social conscience in his plays and in them often reflected or reinterpreted the stormy and very public elements of his own life - including a brief and rocky marriage to Marilyn Monroe and his staunch refusal to cooperate with the red-baiting House Un-American Activities Committee.
— Except from the New York Times Obituary

Miller was named as one of the greatest dramatists after World War II (along with Tennessee Williams). On the screen, his most famous screenplay is John Huston's "The Misfits" (1961), starring his wife Monroe. Sorry that I have not seen it yet. If you are interested to know more about his works, besides reading, watching films is another choice. Some of his well-known works were adapted for the screen and widely accepted. For example, based on reviews, 1951's "Death of a Salesman" might be slightly better than Dustin Hoffman's TV version in 1985. And about Miller's another great play, "The Crucible", both 1996 remake by Miller's personal screenplay and the older French version "Les Sorcières de Salem" (1957) are highly worth seeing. Hope I could see all these later.

Obituaries: BBC, New York Times