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Death of a Salesman (1951) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Laslo Benedek and produced by Stanley Kramer and George Glass.

Academy Awards 1951 --- Ceremony Number 24 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorFredric MarchNominated
Best Supporting ActorKevin McCarthyNominated
Best Supporting ActressMildred DunnockNominated
Best CinematographyFrank PlanerNominated
Best Music - ScoringAlex NorthNominated
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Death of a Salesman (1951)

By Beatrice on Aug 24, 2015 From Flickers in Time

Death of a Salesman Directed by Laslo Benedek Written by Stanley Roberts from the play by Arthur Miller 1951/USA Stanley Kramer Productions First viewing/YouTube This was a great and devastating play and Fredric March is great in this adaptation of it. Willie Loman (March) is 63-years-old and n... Read full article


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In his autobiography "Timebends", Arthur Miller speculates that his unconscious mind picked the name "Loman" for Willy Loman, the protagonist of "Death of a Salesman", based on his conscious experience of being thrilled by from _Testament des Dr. Mabuse, Das (1933)_, which featured a character named "Inspector Lohmann".
According to Arthur Miller, in a 2000 essay entitled, "Are You Now Or Were You Ever?" Columbia asked Miller to sign an anti-Communist declaration to ward off the threat of picket lines by the American Legion at theaters showing "Death of a Salesman". He refused. Instead, Columbia made another movie, a short film entitled "Life of a Salesman" to be shown with it. The short consisted of business professors from City College praising sales as a profession, and denouncing the character of Willy Loman. Miller wrote: "Never in show-business history has a studio spent so much good money to prove that its feature film was pointless."
Arthur Miller disliked this film version of his play because he felt that the flashback sequences made it look as if Willy Loman were literally acting out his past in front of others, and that this made him seem insane. Perhaps because of this, other versions of the play have been shown on TV and video, but the 1951 version has not been televised in more than twenty years, and it has never been issued on VHS or DVD.
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