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Capitalism meets the bible,
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This review is from: Salesman [Masters of Cinema]  [DVD] (DVD)
Along with Grey Gardens, Salesman is a great Maysles documentary although to what extent the reality of selling bibles converges on the film makers narrative is open to question. Nevertheless the work displays an honesty that disects the relentless pressure on the salesmen to meet their targets regardless of the tactics used to secure a sale. Interestingly the Maysles were not allowed to show footage of the bible salesmen making their pitch at local Catholic churches where they got their leads. For me the film's pathos is centred on 'Badger' a salesman who would not be out of place in Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Saleman'. There is much to enjoy in this film not least the customers, getting lost in the suburbs of Florida and the mock heroics at the annual sales convention.