Arthur Miller: Writer 9pm, Sky At­lantic

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This won­der­ful por­trait of the tow­er­ing Amer­i­can play­wright, who died in 2005, has a par­tic­u­larly per­sonal tone: its di­rec­tor is Re­becca Miller, who, as well as be­ing an ac­claimed doc­u­men­tary­maker, is also the writer’s daugh­ter. The spine is a se­ries of pri­vate in­ter­views she con­ducted with her father over the last 25 years of his life, in which he dis­cusses the per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ences that fed his great­est works, Death Of A Sales­man and The Cru­cible, as well as his feted re­la­tion­ship with Mar­i­lyn Mon­roe, and sub­se­quent 40-year mar­riage to Re­becca’s mother, Mag­num pho­tog­ra­pher Inge Mo­rath. Fleshed out with evoca­tive archive ma­te­rial as well as in­ter­views with fam­ily mem­bers and di­rec­tors, it’s an in­ti­mate piece, but can­did, and doesn’t shy away from some of the dif­fi­cult ar­eas in Miller’s life and ca­reer.

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