Life of a Salesman

Life of a Salesman

2 Episodes

Traveling salesmen reckon with the void of contemporary existence in a supremely sinister short and a groundbreaking vérité documentary. Starring Michael Cera as a door-to-door knife salesman, Janicza Bravo’s MAN ROTS FROM THE HEAD follows its hapless protagonist through a series of increasingly unsettling encounters with would-be customers. It plays like a demented, surrealist spin on Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin’s direct-cinema landmark SALESMAN, a portrait of four dogged bible sellers whose fast-talking bravado conceals the frustration, disappointment, and disillusionment lurking beneath midcentury American life.

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Life of a Salesman
  • Man Rots from the Head

    Episode 1

    Directed by Janicza Bravo • 2017 • United States
    Starring Michael Cera, Alex Borstein, Michael McMillian

    In this surrealist noir, a traveling knife salesman (Michael Cera) discovers something sinister behind every door.

  • Salesman

    Episode 2

    Directed by David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin • 1969 • United States

    This radically influential portrait of American dreams and disillusionment from Direct Cinema pioneers David Maysles, Albert Maysles, and Charlotte Zwerin captures, with indelible humanity, the worlds of four ...