Death of a Salesman (1951)
First screened in February 2016
Director: Laslo Benedek. Cast: Fredric March, Mildred Dunnock, Kevin McCarthy, Cameron Mitchell, Howard Smith, Don Keefer, David Alpert, Royal Beal, Jesse White, Claire Carleton, Elisabeth Fraser, Patricia Edwards. Screenplay: Stanley Roberts (based on the play by Arthur Miller).

Twitter Capsule: Direction not limber enough to free strong cast and text into full potentials. Keyed to the stage. Good score.

VOR:   Like the play, Salesman on film departs more often from realism and breaks up Aristotelian unities more often than you may recall. Hardly pure cinema, but some chance-taking.

Photo © 1951 Columbia Pictures/Stanley Kramer Productions

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: B–

Academy Award Nominations:
Best Actor: Fredric March
Best Supporting Actress: Mildred Dunnock
Best Supporting Actor: Kevin McCarthy
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Franz Planer
Best Original Score (Drama/Comedy): Alex North

Golden Globe Nominations and Winners:
Best Director: Laslo Benedek
Best Actor (Drama): Fredric March
Most Promising Newcomer (Male): Kevin McCarthy
Best Cinematography (Black & White): Franz Planer

Other Awards:
Venice Film Festival: Best Actor (March)

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