Given the current recommendation to stay home and practice social distancing, we at the Chicago International Film Festival are looking at past selections from each year of the Festival that you can stream now from home. Stream our past selections as we look forward to the 56th Chicago International Film Festival this October 14-25, 2020.
Today’s #56Films entry comes recommended by Marketing Manager Andrew Van Beek.
Director: Albert Maysles, David Maysles, Charlotte Zwerin
The landmark documentary Salesman captures, with charm and candid detail, a past era of door-to-door salesman peddling the Good Book to housewives and the homebound and struggling to make their sales quotas. These days, it’s difficult to imagine a world where strangers could knock on someone’s door and shake hands without fear. But settling in for an afternoon with these proto-gig economy workers reveals a side of 1960s American life that still has vital insights to offer about our financially strained times. Let master documentarians Albert and David Maysles and Charlotte Zwerin take you back to a time both simple and difficult in this foundational film that screened at the 5th Chicago International Film Festival in 1969. – Andrew Van Beek, Marketing Manager