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The "salesmen" themselves are unforgetable; their performances in the homes of anyone who will let them get a foot in the door are fascinating and nerve wracking as you find yourself sympathizing both with the salesmen and the prospective buyers at the same time. It's this dynamic tension that gives the film some real drama. Better than what could have been scripted.
I never saw this film on video so I can't comment on any improvements in quality. But I will say this: the film looks and sounds beautiful on DVD. Also, with the DVD is an interview (mostly pretentious banter revolving around the distinction of "direct cinema"), commentary with the Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin (editor) and film trailers.
This is written pre-release, but I'm sure that the folks at Criterion will do an extraordinary job with this.
What's surprising is what the film is not. Given the merging of big business and religion, the huge corporate industries that run giant pyramid schemes fueled by arena pep rallies centered on corporate heads who act like evangelical stars whiplashing and inspiring the myriad troops to action, the viewer of this film might expect a similar emphasis.Read more ›
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Having worked in sales for a short period of time, I can understand the frustration that many salesmen go through. Read morePublished 7 months ago by B. Adducchio
I'd always wanted to see this Maysles Brothers masterpiece, especially after I'd learned the last part was filmed in Opa-Locka, Florida, where I lived from 1959-64 before going off... Read morePublished 13 months ago by PHILIP A. STAHL
Fascinating time capsule of a film. I'd even go so far as to call it an art film.
The personalities in this documentary are out of this world -total characters! Read more
I like getting DVD's from Criterion. I knew about them years ago but they where very expensive. Their prices are now reasonable enough to buy them. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
Salesman, the first film by the Mayles brothers, in 1968, created a genre, but their unique style has never, I feel, been surpassed. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Sagesmoke
This is an amazing documentary of mid-century America. It is considered one of the great "Cinema Verity" movies of all time. A must see.Published 24 months ago by M. J. Indelicato