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Review: Werner Herzog’s ‘On Death Row’ on the cable tv


Werner Herzog’s ‘On Death Row,’ an Investigation Discovery companion series to his film ‘Into the Abyss,’ is thought-provoking.

Unlike many a modern filmmaker, compelled to excavate the intimate and even mundane for life’s meaning, German director Werner Herzog believes in extremes. During his impressively prolific career, he has consistently sought out the outcasts and the heroes, the misfits and prophets, the dreamers of fevered and spectacular dreams. The subjects of his 25 feature-length documentaries include a deaf and blind woman, a freestyle mountain climber, the lone survivor of an airplane crash and a man who lived with grizzlies. Indeed, within Herzog’s remarkable canon, a multi-platform documentary about death row inmates seems almost mainstream.

During the interviews, Barnes is well-spoken yet strangely detached, acknowledging his actions and his subsequent remorse in tones that suggest they were the experiences of another person. Even the news that Herzog has managed to contact Barnes’ long-estranged father is greeted with a disturbingly placid mien.

When: 7 and 10 p.m. Friday

Rating: TV-14 (may be unsuitable for children under the age of 14)

source : Los Angeles Times

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