Rent Mr Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred a Leuchter (1999)

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Synopsis:
From Errol Morris, the award-winning director of The Thin Slue Line, comes the provocative and extraordinary true story of Fred A. Leuchter. jr. The son of a prison worker and a self-taught execution expert Leuchter has built up a nice little business designing Death Row machines, and advising on how to make capital punishment more humane, but his good fortune is about to change. Leuchter has been called in as a high-profile expert witness in the sensational Canadian trial of Ernst Zundel - a Neo Nazi who claimed the Holocaust was a hoax. Leuchter's ego, bravado and absurd testimony soon attracts international media prominence.
Leuchter, both callous and calculating yet seemingly strangely naive even visits Auswitz to gather data to support his claims and advance his dubious science. Soon, a firestorm of controversy erupts around him and ironically, what Leuchter thought was going to be the apex in his career ends up being his downfall. A psychological study of self-deception and the banality of evil, Mr. Death is a chilling account of the rise and fall of Mr Death.
Actors:
Fred A. Leuchter Jr., Robert Jan Van Pelt, , Caroline Leuchter, , Shelly Shapiro, Suzanne Tabasky, Ernst Zündel, , Daniel Polsby, , Robert Duerr
Directors:
Studio:
Artefact Films
Genres:
British Films, Documentary
Countries:
UK
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/09/2009
Run Time:
91 minutes
Languages:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
Colour and B & W

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