“When you start a play do you start with a character,” asks Arthur Miller‘s daughter, Rebecca. His reply: “A person. A human being.”
From HBO Documentary Films “Arthur Miller: Writer” is coming to the small screen soon, and judging by the new trailer, audiences will get a glimpse at the personal life of the revered playwright. Directed by his daughter, Rebecca Miller, the documentary is not just a retrospective of the life of one of the most beloved creative figures in American history, but also a collection of home movies and intimate interviews between a father and a daughter. The film debuted at the New York Film Festival last fall.
Arthur Miller is the creator of enigmatic, and layered plays “Death of a Salesman,” “All of My Sons,” and “The Crucible.” Miller passed away in 2005, with his daughter paving her own artistic career. Rebecca Miller has directed her own projects including “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” “Maggie’s Plan,” and is set to direct “She Came to Me,” starring Nicole Kidman, Steve Carell, and Amy Schumer. “Arthur Miller: Writer,” is an intimately shot exploration of the man and the playwright. With words from the Miller himself, in public interviews and private moments. At one point in the film, Miller eludes to life saying: “Art is long. Life is short.”
Here’s the full synopsis:
“Arthur Miller: Writer’ is an intimate portrait of one of the greatest American playwrights of the 20th century. The documentary is told from the unique perspective of an award-winning filmmaker: his daughter, Rebecca Miller. The film includes material never before seen by the public, including in-depth interviews and home movie-style footage, providing insights into Miller that are quite different from the ones the public has previously seen. Rebecca Miller opens the door to the man behind the icon, delves into the roots of his life as an artist, and explores his character — both its strengths and its weaknesses.”
“Arthur Miller: Writer” premieres on HBO on March 19.