Salesman (1968)

Salesman (1968)

Salesman (1968)

A landmark documentary and the first breakout for the Maysles brothers, who turn their quietly observing lens on the sometimes sad, sometimes funny world of door-to-door salesman. Follows real-life Willy Loman Paul (and his colleagues), as they labour to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book - targeting the beleaguered masses and facing the hollow demands of quotas and life on the road.

1968Rating: PG85 minsUSA
DocumentaryClassic
Director:
Albert MayslesDavid Maysles ('Gimme Shelter', 'Grey Gardens')Charlotte Zwerin

Salesman (1968) / Reviews

The New York Times

The New York Times

It may not be the entire story of America or even of the salesmen themselves (whose private lives are barely touched), but it is a valuable and sometimes very funny footnote to contemporary history.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

The real Willy Loman can be seen in Albert and David Maysles' 1968 masterpiece of unselfconsciousness.

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