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.
He sets the scene more than Thacker and uses wide panning shots to show whole settings and rather than showing closer shots with more emotional detail he instead creates more detail of the surrounding scenes. Schlondorff and Thacker have each expressed independent ideas towards the soundtrack. In the film version, setting aside dialogue, there is a gentile variation across swing and authentic jazz music which adjusts as the setting moves across from the restaurant to the toilet and then through Willy's mind into the hotel room. In the restaurant the music is quick beat swing music which brings an uplifting feel to the setting with a dominant level of volume in the scene.
Thacker has shown minimalist use of props and throughout the clip shows little detail in setting. Schlondorff's use of props and setting is greater and his use of wide angled panning enables him to set the situations well. He has each part of the section presented with background detail including in the hotel room, whereas Thacker used a blank background. One of the reasons for such variation in prop use could be simply linked to production budget, as a film would be provided with a larger budget and therefore more money for extensive setting, or simply just director's technical variations. In conclusion the two versions both posses different qualities, and although it is difficult to talk of the two productions in direct comparison as each was made according to a different purpose and audience, we can discuss their individual strengths
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