Arthur Miller: Writer
2018 | Documentary | In English | 98 minutes
Rebecca Miller’s loving documentary of her famous father, Arthur Miller, includes his origins as the son of a Polish immigrant who made a fortune and then lost it all during the Great Depression. Rebecca moves on with segments from his finest plays, his bitter encounter with the House Un-American Committee (HUAC), his four wives, and the failures of his later plays. Rebecca wanted to show what her father was really like, both his strengths and his weaknesses. She succeeds big time.
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Why Stream This Film?
For most of her adult life, Rebecca Miller worked on this documentary about her father. What obsessed her was that the common perception of this famous man did not square with how she knew him as a father. The result is a unique perspective of one of the greatest playwrights of the 20th century.
- Rotten Tomatoes Score (Critics Consensus): 91%
- Arthur Miller has won a Pulitzer Prize, seven Tony Awards, and the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award.
- He is a member of the American Theater Hall of Fame.
- He received the Four Freedoms Award.
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This documentary is a true labor of love—a charming 98-minute film that offers an insider’s account of a complicated life. ARTHUR MILLER: WRITER is a family portrait defined by intimacy with its subject, captured in footage the filmmaker first started shooting in her 20s. The movie is at its most intriguing when it’s parsing the strangeness of being closely related to someone so celebrated, who put so much of his life in his work. His work will always speak for itself, but as this film proves, there’s a different kind of clarity in seeing him through a more intimate lens.
For those who revere Arthur Miller’s best works, this film is an indispensable and deeply personal addition to an understanding of the artist and the man.
It’s the warm, searching conversations between father and daughter, whether they’re seated side by side or she’s questioning him behind the camera, that give the documentary its poignant immediacy.
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