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The film focuses on the anguished plight of Paul "the Badger" Brennan, an aging Boston-Irish veteran of the salesman circuit, weary of his job and unable to hide his exhaustion from customers and colleagues alike. "I don't want to seem negative," he says in one of the film's many dreary motel rooms, but Paul is negative, and meager sales reflect his attitude. The resulting portrait serves as a two-way mirror of hard-scrabble American survival, simultaneously humorous and heartbreaking, and so honestly revealing that no performance (with the possible exception of Jack Lemmon's in Glengarry Glen Ross) could ever hope to match its level of richly nuanced humanity. Door-to-door salesmen became dinosaurs with the advent of telemarketing and Internet retail, but Salesman is a timeless masterpiece of cinematic truth. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A masterpiece of the direct-cinema, the real life of an american bible salesman, brought to us by the Maysles brothers.Published on Oct. 1 2002 by pedro cruz
Albert and David Maysles' verite documentary Salesman is one of the most interesting documentaries that I've seen. Read morePublished on Sept. 13 2001 by Jeremy Heilman
A very solid documentary. I was bowled over by it. It's easy to see the influence on Glengarry Glen Ross, but this is much more bleak(in a memorable way). Read morePublished on Sept. 2 2001 by "skipmccoy"