Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., an engineer from Malden, Mass. decided to become the Florence Nightengale of Death Row — a humanitarian whose mission was to design and repair, electric chairs, lethal injection systems, gallows and gas chambers.
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Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr.Directed byErrol Morris
I don't know if I truly like Morris's "stylised documentary" style yet. It kind of draws back from the true intention of the filmmaker. For me ,this wasn't a terribly interesting documentary, but its enjoyable nonetheless.
Of course the Holocaust denier fundamentally believes in a "painless" death penalty. But the framing of the denier alongside the woefully classist historian shows why "fake news" - that is information that corresponds with lived Feeling rather than a lived and verified experience - is so popular.
A film of unflattering contradictions, specifically how we treat those we disagree with, which in turn martyrs them for their own cause. This might make me sound more sympathetic for Leuchter than I am - the man seemed to stumble and fall into life, and is perhaps only qualified in his taking roles that others deemed immoral. One of Morris' gauchest films.