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Salesman (1969)

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Four relentless door-to-door salesmen deal with constant rejection, homesickness and inevitable burnout as they go across the country selling very expensive bibles to low-income Catholic families.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Paul Brennan Paul Brennan ... Himself - 'The Badger'
Charles McDevitt Charles McDevitt ... Himself - 'The Gipper'
James Baker James Baker ... Himself - 'The Rabbit'
Raymond Martos Raymond Martos ... Himself - 'The Bull'
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Melbourne I. Feltman Melbourne I. Feltman
Margaret McCarron Margaret McCarron
Kennie Turner Kennie Turner
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Filmmakers (and brothers) Albert and David Maysles follow four employees of a company that makes expensive, ornate, illustrated bibles as they attempt to sell the items door-to-door to less-than-interested customers, who are mainly poor or lower-middle-class Catholics with little money to spend on pretty Bibles. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Documentary | Drama

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Official Sites:

Maysles Films

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 April 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Caixeiro-Viajante See more »

Filming Locations:

Auburn, Massachusetts, USA See more »

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$105,000 (estimated)
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Maysles Films See more »
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Mono
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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #122. See more »

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Referenced in Grey Gardens (1975) See more »

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This Land Is Your Land
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Written by Woody Guthrie
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"Death of a salesman" without death but with real life.
7 February 2002 | by pelletsSee all my reviews

A tragic summary of a job that demands a very cynic and indoctrinated person. Brilliant fun at times, but what you, as a viewer, are laughing at, are indeed real people, with real emotions.

The "direct cinema" style of the film is very convincing, though not without leaving doubts about real truth in documentaries. The problem with the "missing body" is not there, but problems about representing people and reality still creeps up on you during the film. However, there is little evidence in the film that the filmmakers are interrupting anything, none of the people in the film ever react to the camera.

Certainly a worthwhile documentary film for those interested in the subject per se. Interesting also to notice that all the classic sales-tricks are in place as early as 1969.


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