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Analysing and comparing two production versions of the play 'Death of a salesman' by Arthur Miller

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I intend to analyse and compare two production versions of the play 'Death of a salesman' by Arthur Miller. Both clips that I will be studying are of the same scene in the play in which the protagonist, Willy Loman, has a time - lapse of a former lover. I will be studying the way in which each director represents the time - lapse by their use of; camera work, soundtrack and audio, props, setting and other effects such as positioning and lighting. The first production was made as a bbc2 drama staring warren mitchel and directed by David Thacker. The second production was made as a film and directed by Volker Schlondorff.

In terms of camera work each director has shown individual techniques of filming. Thacker has shown generally tighter and closer angles throughout the clip. He uses a selection of close up shots during Willy's time-lapse enabling him to show the character emotions in good detail and saving excess expense on props large setting as no big budget would be provided for this production. Thacker also uses lighting and positioning to portray different situations. During Willy's Time-lapse, the lover appears behind Willy as if she is

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