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Just a note to bear in mind that these plays are film versions of the plays exactly as they were staged on Broadway at the time, so don't look for cinematic production values. Sometimes the camera work is not ideal, but that doesn't get in the way of the consistently powerful performances, and that's what great theater is all about, anyway. I'm just grateful that most of the series is available and hope that the unavailable titles are just being restored and will be rereleased soon.
This 1966 version (which by the way is in realy remarkable condition for a recording that old!) is the closer to the actual theatre setting. It makes very clever use of `shine-through` walls (transparent linen with lights onto it or on the objects behind it); I never realised this used as early as the 60's. The way Willy's brother Ben appears in the 1985 version is less theatrical: Although this version is a television adaption I have no doubt the theatre presentation wasn't very different.
I must say I like Hoffman as good as Cobb, and I won't hold it against anyone if they would think *this* version *the* television adaptation..