Into the Abyss
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In intimate conversations with those involved, including 28-year-old death row inmate Michael Perry (who was scheduled to die eight days after his interview with Herzog), legendary filmmaker Werner Herzog achieves what he describes as "a gaze into the abyss of the human soul." As he's so often done before, Herzog's investigation unveils layers of humanity, making an enlightening trip out of ominous territory.
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A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life is a documentary film about two men who were convicted of killing three people in Texas. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 8, 2011. After strong festival showings and a surge of interest in the issue of capital punishment in the United States, Herzog requested that the film be rushed into general theatrical release.
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