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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education


ISBN 9781844573875
Publication Date October 2012
Formats Paperback 
Publisher British Film Institute
Series BFI Film Classics

Released in 1968, the Maysles' Salesman is widely acknowledged as a landmark in documentary film. In his compelling and detailed study, J.M. Tyree discusses the film's various technical and artistic innovations, tracing their theoretical roots and enduring influence.

J.M. TYREE is a Writer-at-Large for Film Quarterly and the co-author (with Ben Walters) of the BFI Film Classic on The Big Lebowski. He has taught at Stanford University, spoken at the BFI's National Film Theatre, and contributed to Sight & Sound magazine.

1 The Path to Salesman
2 Performers, Authors, Directors
3 Americana
Conclusion: Reality and its Discontents
Appendix: Albert Maysles on Salesman  An exchange with J.M. Tyree


J.M.Tyree's monograph on Salesman for the B.F.I. [is currently on my nightstand]. I usually have one or two of these on the night stand - I can read one, usually, in a day, and then I go back and rewatch the movie. Salesman is one of my favorite documentaries of all time, so it's cool to get Tyree's perspective on it, and then go rewatch the movie.' - Patton Oswalt, interview with The New York Times
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