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The Salesman in the Gloaming

The tragedy of the salesman Shelley “The Machine” Levene, the sympathetic figure played by Jack Lemmon in David Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross has never been more relevant. In Mamet’s play-turned-movie, Shelly can’t close anymore and splits his time between excuse-making and complaining until, through a combination of his desperation and boss’s cruelty, he is left hopeless in a shameful interview with the detective investigating his role in stealing the Glengarry leads. Twenty years ago, CEOs salivated at the notion that the…