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Miller’s work has been turned into film in a variety of languages and versions, click here for a list taken from the imdb.com website that lists 96 items produced between 1948 and 2016.

 

Just the 21st century developments:

  • The Nicholas Hytner-directed version of The Crucible was released on Blu-ray 11 April 2017. Also contains: Audio Commentary with Nicholas Hytner and Arthur Miller, Conversation with Arthur Miller and Daniel Day Lewis (5 mins), Making of The Crucible (7 mins), and the Theatrical Trailer (1 min).
  • Blame, a new film by writer-director-producer-editor-star Quinn Shephard showing at the Tribeca Film Festival 2017, is a poignant and incisive examination of modern American adolescence, as filtered through the lens of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and the Salem witch trials of 1692, which form the inspiration for this modern-day narrative. The film delves deepest into high school mean-girl culture, but also looks at mental illness, parenting, abuse, and both teen and adult sexuality. Quinn plays Abigail, an ostracized girl with a history of mental illness (the film’s equivalent to witchcraft) and a preternatural ability to act, causing her to get cast by a substitute drama teacher in a class production of Miller’s play. The two initiate a terse and tentative romance, with the threat of disaster looming at every moment, but it is Abigail’s relationship with her peers that remains most important to the story Quinn wants to draw out of her source material.
  • Filmed in Tehran and directed by Iranian director Asghar Farhadi, starring Shahab Hosseini, Taraneh Alidusti and Iraj Karimi, The Salesman is about an Iranian couple salesmaniranperforming Death of a Salesman. This adaptation of Salesman, written by Asghar Farhadi, was feted at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, where Farhadi won a prize for his screenplay, and it will be Iran’s next submission to the Oscars. It was nominated for a Golden Globe, but lost out to Elle. The film revolves around a teacher and his wife, who are attacked at their home in Tehran, and features a “play within a play,” as Death of a Salesman is being performed in a theatre, and its scenes parallel and augment the film’s narrative. Check out the US Trailer for the movie on YouTube. It is now available through Amazon.
  • The new film that Rebecca Miller has written and directed, Maggie’s Plan, is proving to be a big hit on the festival circuit. Starring Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke and Julianne Moore Release date: 20 May 2016.maggiesplan
  • Signature Theatre’s Off-Broadway revival of Incident at Vichy will be featured in the second season of Theater Close-Up on Thirteen (WNET New York) hosted by actress Blythe Danner. The production was filmed 16 Dec. 2015 and will be broadcast in spring 2016. It will be the fifth presentation of the second season, which launched back on 1 Oct. 2015. The broadcast will be made available online to the tri-state area for a limited period, check Thirteen’s website for scheduling details. Then it will be offered for download at $7.99 through the Broadway HD service.
  • Lifetime is producing a four-hour miniseries based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s book, Marilyn Monroe: The Untold Story. Stephen Bogaert will play Miller (Jason Miller played him in the 1980s movie version).
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  • The Misfits will be re-released in UK cinemas from Friday 12 June, 2015.
  • From Thursday 26th March 2015 at 7pm, cinema audiences will have the chance to watch Mark Strong lead the cast in Ivo Van Hove’s five-star Young Vic production of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge broadcast from the Wyndham’s Theatre in London’s West End as part of National Theatre Live. The National Theatre’s innovative project, NT Live, broadcasts some of the best of theatre live from the stage to cinemas across the UK and around the world. More than 1500 screenings are to take place in over 40 countries with additional encore screenings to be announced. Details of all screenings can be found at http://ntlive.nationaltheatre.org.uk/crcuible2014
  • Captured live in High Definition by DigitalTheatre.com at The Old Vic, London during its 2014 season directed by Yael Farber, with Richard Armitage, The Crucible is to be screened in 350 cinemas in the U.K. and Ireland Dec. 4 and 7 only, with further worldwide screenings to follow. US venues seem to have fallen through, but keep checking at Cinemalive, and you can also order the production through DigitalTheatre.
  • Playing for Time is released now on Blu-ray; it includes a booklet included with a new essay from film scholar Teri Ginsberg. Check out this review.salesman1951
  • 23 Oct. 2013, The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will be screening the East Coast premier of Stanley Kramer’s newly restored 1951 film version of Death of a Salesman as part of To Save and Project: The 11th MoMA International Festival of Film Preservation at The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues), New York, NY. Call 212-708-9400 or check their website. The World Premiere screening of was presented by the UCLA Film & Television Archive in the Billy Wilder Theater on August 9, 2013 as part of film series entitled, “Champion: The Stanley Kramer Centennial,” honoring the late legendary filmmaker.
  • MGM has released The Misfits in Blu-Ray–a rare occurence for a black and white movie, however, the disc sadly contains little additional material.
  • All My Sons with David Suchet and Zoe Wanamaker, is available from Digital Theatre as a downloadable production (or to stream) for £6.99 at their website. sonssuchetwanamaker
  • Playing for Time was finally released on DVD on 7th Sept. 2010. Check here for details.
  • An update on Anthony La Paglia’s A View From The Bridge. The option rights to this will soon be expiring and La Paglia seems ready to give up on his plans to film his performance as Eddie Carbone, although his production team have not completely given up hope that the rights may be extended.pippa
  • Rebecca Miller’s The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, about a woman in Connecticut heading for a nervous breakdown after her husband leaves her for a younger woman opened in 2009–several reports on its autobiographical aspects, with the Alan Arkin character (older man with three marriages under his belt) being somewhat based on Arthur Miller.synecdocheny
  • Charlie Kaufman’s 2009 movie, Synecdoche, New York, contained as one of its central conceits, a production of Death of a Salesman, performed with a deliberately young cast.
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010) with Nicholas Cage, features as a character, an evil witch named Abigail Williams, shown in Puritan dress.
  • A film version of The Ride Down Mt. Morgan, directed by Nicole Kassell, starring Michael Douglas–though completed, has no plans for release.eden
  • A film version of The Man Who Had All the Luck, directed by Scott Ellis with screenplay by Rebecca Miller, has also been shelved.
  • The 2001 movie, Plain Jane, based on Miller’s novella Homely Girl, A Life was released in Europe in 2001 under the title Eden, but is not available in the US–the screenplay was not Miller’s and there have been many changes.  Reviews were poor–so a US release is unlikely. Miller himself has a small role in the movie, playing the female protagonist’s elderly father.