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  • 4.0
A landmark American documentary, SALESMAN captures in vivid detail the bygone era of the door-to-door salesman. While laboring to sell a gold-embossed version of the Good Book, Paul Brennan and his colleagues target the beleaguered masses, then face the demands of quotas and the frustrations of life on the road. Following Brennan on his daily rounds, the Maysles discover a real-life Willy Loman, walking the line from hype to despair.

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Brennan has the most heart and humanity amongst his colleagues, which is why we can watch this film 47 years later. He's you and he's me. He's trying to fit in and thrive in a world that doesn't feel quite right, and he can't help but show it in small ways. He's conflicted about what he's doing, which is why he can't dive into the work. Brennan is too sane for this job - thank god for his sense of humor.

Kind of a sad film. I've been in commission only sales for many years and this film rings true. When you get a sale you feel on top of the world. When you don't you feel like a loser. And when you have a few days where you don't get any sales you begin to question your self worth as a person. I've been to many of these sales meetings over the years and they all sound similar. It's fascinating to see that sales managers have been making the same speeches for decades! It would have been nice to have some information to what happened to these people. What did Paul end up doing? A great film but depressing. Now I better find some good film noir or screwball comedy to cheer me up!