Salesman

Direction
Year 
1968
Country
  • United States
Runtime
91min 
Audio Tracks 
Subtitles 

Classic Maysles documentary SALESMAN follows door-to-door Bible salesmen as they walk the line between hype and despair. From Boston, where the company is based, then onto Chicago at a sales conference, and finally in the promising new "territory" of Miami, their mission is simple: to convince people to buy what one of them calls "still the best seller in the world." But although their customers are mostly middle- and worker-class Catholics even recommended by the local church, the Bible turns out to be a hard sell.

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Details

  • Original Title
    Salesman
  • Direction
  • Editing
    Ellen Hovde, Muffie Meyer, Susan Froemke
  • Sound
    Lee Ditcher Photo - Mag
  • Runtime
    91 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
    1968
  • Country
    • United States
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Production
      • Maysles Films
      • United States
  • Festivals
    • Salesman has screened at many international film festivals since its premiere in 1969. The list below is not complete.
    • 1969 Venice International Film Festival, Italy
    • 1970 Berlin International Film Festival, Germany
    • Moscow International Film Festival, Russia
    • Edinburgh Film Festival, UK
    • International Film Festival of Mannheim-Heidelberg, Germany
    • Chicago International Film Festival, USA
    • 2001 Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, Greece
    • 2004 One World Film Festival, Czech Republic
    • 2004 Karlovy Vary Film Festival, Czech Republic
    • 2005 Buenos Aires International Festival of Independent Cinema, Argentina

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