Shooting Mr. Death

The roots of Errol Morris' new documentary Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leuchter, Jr., lie in his last film, Fast, Cheap, and Out of Control. Originally, Leuchter, an engineer of gas chambers, electric chairs, and lethal injection systems who became a semi-unwitting Holocaust denier, was going to be one of the subjects of that 1997 movie, which was shot by Robert Richardson. But Morris decided the bizarre Mr. Death merited a film all his own.

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