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Salesman

Spine #122



Release:
Mar 10, 2020
$39.95

Number of Discs: 1

Specs
  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English PCM Mono
  • English subtitles

Salesman

Other Versions:

Original release


Directed By: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
Licensor: Maysles Films




This radically influential portrait of American dreams and disillusionment from Direct Cinema pioneers David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin captures, with indelible humanity, the worlds of four dogged door-to-door Bible salesmen as they travel from Boston to Florida on a seemingly futile quest to sell luxury editions of the Good Book to working-class Catholics. A vivid evocation of midcentury malaise that unfolds against a backdrop of cheap motels, smoky diners, and suburban living rooms, Salesman assumes poignant dimensions as it uncovers the way its subjects’ fast-talking bravado masks frustration, disappointment, and despair. Revolutionizing the art of nonfiction storytelling with its nonjudgmental, observational style, this landmark documentary is one of the most penetrating films ever made about how deeply embedded consumerism is in America’s sense of its own values.

Supplements
  • Audio commentary by filmmakers Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin
  • Television interview from 1968 Jack Kroll television interview with David Maysles and Albert Maysles
  • Audio excerpt from a 2000 episode of NPR’s Weekend Edition profiling James Baker, one of the salesmen featured in the film
  • Theatrical trailer
  • New appreciation of the film by actor Bill Hader
  • “Globesman,” a 2016 episode of the television series Documentary Now! that parodies the film, starring Hader and Fred Armisen
  • An essay by critic Michael Chaiken

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