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Salesman

Albert Maysles, David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin

 
Salesman (Criterion DVD)

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  • United States
  • 1968
  • 91 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #122

A landmark American documentary, Salesman captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses—then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair.

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer, with restored picture and sound
  • Audio commentary by filmmakers Albert Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin
  • 1968 Jack Kroll television interview with David and Albert Maysles
  • “The Rabbit” on NPR’s Weekend Edition® (2000)
  • Behind-the-scenes photographs
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Filmographies
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by Jeff Cashdollar

Film Essays

Salesman

By Toby Miller September 03, 2001

The Maysles Brothers’ Gimme Shelter takes one of the defining moments of the 1960s, the Rolling Stones’ Altamont concert, and helps us see what all the fuss of youth rebellion was all about. . . . Read more »

Clippings

Real Art

November 19, 2010

A whole bunch of questions arose when the critics at Time Out New York were compiling their new list of the fifty greatest documentaries of all time. As they explain in their introduction to the . . . Read more »


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Summer 2009 Cineaste: Bardem, Maysles

June 25, 2009

Robert Koehler takes a long “second look” at Death of a Cyclist in the summer 2009 issue of Cineaste, sizing up Juan Antonio Bardem’s 1955 political melodrama in terms of Spain’s national . . . Read more »


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Life of a Salesman

November 09, 2008

“Though the Maysles are best known for their hippie-era music docs Monterey Pop and Gimme Shelter, as well as the opaque weirdness of Grey Gardens from 1975, Salesman stands as the movie where . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Salesman

By Toby Miller September 03, 2001

The Maysles Brothers’ Gimme Shelter takes one of the defining moments of the 1960s, the Rolling Stones’ Altamont concert, and helps us see what all the fuss of youth rebellion was all about. . . . Read more »