A landmark American documentary, Salesman captures, in vivid and intimate detail, the life and struggles of a group of door-to-door bible salesmen. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses—facing the demands of quotas and walking the line from hype to despair.
Without commentary, music or re-enactment Salesman is a classic example from the revolution that became known as ‘Direct Cinema’ or ‘Cinema Verite’, a movement that changed the idea of what documentary meant, and continues to influence the form today.
The film will be introduced by Professor Ian Christie
Part of The Rule-Breakers, a new 10 week series at Bertha DocHouse featuring films that have influenced and developed the art of documentary and which continue to inspire us today. To see the rest of the programme click here.