Salesman
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One of the most well respected of the cinema verite documentaries of the 1960's, this non-fiction film follows a group of real-life Bible salesmen for the Mid-American Bible Company as they ply their wares. The central figure in the film is Irish-American Paul Brennan, a 56-year-old of great wit who traipses door to door in an effort to sell the good book to Catholic housewives who really can't afford to buy but don't want to appear rude to a Church-sanctioned representative. The documentary, a collaboration by the Maysles brothers, also follows Brennan as he shares war stories… More
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"At the risk of sounding like a salesman myself, if you get a chance to see this documentary, you should jump at it."
‑ Amber Wilkinson, Eye for Film
"May not sound like the most scintillating of subjects, but the Maysles brothers have made quite a riveting, multi-layered film about it."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
"a stark, indelible cinematic portrait of the trials and tribulations of the door-to-door salesman, a profession that is virtually extinct today"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"This up close look at the anxious Bible salesmen trying to close the deal has become a cult classic documentary."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"represents a remarkably disturbing visual document of a lifestyle that may well be gone forever while exposing the underbelly of capitalism that remains live and well"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Functions as both a tribute to their work ethic and a condemnation of the system that considers such a profession a healthy route to the American dream."
‑ Derek Smith, Cinematic Reflections
"It hasn't dated much at all, which is both disturbing and enlightening."
‑ Jeremy Heilman, MovieMartyr.com
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