There will be two more Monday Film Shows in this semester, including this Monday’s impressive production of Arthur Miller’s world famous play


(1985, 130 min., dir. Volker Schlöndorff, starring John Malkovich and Dustin Hofffmann, English with German subtitles)


TIME: 5.00 p.m.

VENUE: Howard College, MTB West Wing, 1st Floor, German Programme, Media Room F251)

About the film:

The American stage play “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller premiered in 1949. This film version by German director Volker Schlöndorff (The Tin Drum), which was produced for US television, centres on the conflict between the travelling salesman Willy Loman (Dustin Hoffman) and his sons Biff (John Malkovich) and Happy (Stephen Lang). Loman, whose best years have long gone, is a master of repression and the ability to whitewash his life situation. Meanwhile, Biff has never forgiven his father for betraying Biff’s mother during one of his trips. In defiance, Biff has neglected his school education and now has to struggle along with occasional jobs. It takes a number of conflicts until father and son arrive at a sort of reconciliation. To help his impoverished family to the money from his life insurance, Willy – who is increasingly drifting off into an illusory world – decides to commit suicide.

Volker Schlöndorff (born 31 March 1939) is a Berlin-based German filmmaker who has worked in Germany, France and the United States. He was a prominent member of the New German Cinema of the late 1960s and early 1970s, which also included Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders and Rainer Werner Fassbinder. He won an Oscar as well as the Palme d’Or at the 1979 Cannes Film Festival for The Tin Drum (1979), the film version of the novel by Nobel Prize-winning author Günter Grass.


For further details please contact:

Dr Marion Pape
Head of German Studies
School of Arts
Tel: 0027-31-260 1086 / 2380
Fax: 0027-31-260 1242

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