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Into the Abyss:
A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life

Year: 2011
Production Country: USA
Directed by Werner Herzog
Running time: 106min
Certificate: 12A

Werner Herzog's powerful exploration of violence and its consequences, told through Death Row inmates and others close to their crimes. Read more


Part of the larger Death Row project, Herzog's unflinching exploration of violent crime and its consequences follows the moving stories of Michael Perry and Jason Burkett, convicted of triple homicide in their home state of Texas. Dissecting the trial and crime from different points of view, including penetrating interviews with the two men, as well as the families of the victims and prison staff, Herzog constructs both a coruscating study of the senselessness of violence and a disturbing picture of the society that breeds it.


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