A landmark American documentary from essential filmmakers the Maysles brothers, Salesman marks a highpoint in ’60s cinema verité. Aging Bible salesman Paul Brennan is followed from door to door, through struggles with sales quotas and the somber desperation and frustrations of constant travel. As a study of business and religion, materialism and spiritualism, few nonfiction movies speak with such sensitivity and subtle beauty.
“Eloquent and genuinely funny. No other land could have imaginably produced this picture.” – Penelope Gilliatt, The New Yorker (1969)