Filmmaker Rebecca Miller recorded conversations with her father, playwright Arthur Miller, over the last 25 years of his life. These seemingly casual but probing chats are interspersed with archival footage from his life, as well as audio narration from his autobiographical memoir, “Timebends.” From his beginnings as the son of an immigrant in Harlem through his three marriages and his clashes with HUAC, a compelling portrait of the man — and the artist — emerges.
This highly personal film comes from the point of view of a grown woman seeking to understand a brilliant, complex individual who’s not only a loving dad but also a living legend. Nichols and Kushner also provide insightful analysis of the playwright’s oeuvre and its place in the literary world, while the old footage lends flavor and historical structure. But appropriately it is Miller himself who really shines here. In these candid, captured moments with daughter Rebecca, this famously private, reticent author opens up about his life and loves (yes, including Marilyn) and provides us with rich and revealing perspective on how he found his voice as a writer. Unmissable.