Salesman

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.

Film Info

Special 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

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Special 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
Salesman
Cast
Paul Brennan
Charles McDevitt
James Baker
Raymond Martos
Credits
Director
Albert Maysles
Contributing film editor
Ellen Giffard
Assistant editor
Barbara Jarvis
Sound
Dick Vorisek
Director
David Maysles
Director
Charlotte Zwerin

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