Manhattan’s Metrograph cinema is currently hawking tickets for the fiftieth-anniversary run of the Maysles brothers and Charlotte Zwerin’s documentary Salesman, which begins its weeklong downtown revival, in a brand-new restoration, starting tomorrow. One of the pivotal works of the Direct Cinema movement, the film provides a vivid snapshot of life on the road, tagging along with down-on-his-luck Paul Brennan and several of his fellow representatives of the Mid-American Bible Company as they peddle the Book of Books door-to-door. As scholar Toby Miller notes in his liner essay for our release, Salesman “skillfully details the ‘other’ ’60s,” revealing a workaday America wholly undisturbed by the seismic convulsions of the counterculture, a buttoned-up place where “faith itself is neatly commodified as though it were a new model of vacuum cleaner.
An Antiwar Film for the Ages Returns to Theaters
Elem Klimov’s devastating chronicle of World War II, Come and See, is back on the big screen in a new restoration. Here’s what the critics have to say about this Soviet masterpiece.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.