Private Conversations

Institute History

  • 1986 Sundance Film Festival


An intimate and revealing behind-the-scenes look at the making of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, adapted from the stage and directed for television by German director Volker Schloendorff. The collaboration between author, director and actors, principally Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich, makes for an irrepressible examination of the creative process and the crafts of writing, acting, and theatre and cinema.

On and off the set, but especially in the screening room, where “dailies” of the previous day’s filming are shown for the cast and crew, creative discussions become urgent and passionate. The audience is let in on these various conversations revealing personal and creative concerns, as well as the personalities involved. Hoffman’s intensity and care for the performance combine with his contagious sense of humor to set the pace and tone of this fine production.

Screening Details

Sundance Film Festival Awards

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