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Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer (Sous-titres français) [Import]
Acclaimed director Nick Broomfield's vision takes you behind the sensational headlines of America'sfirst female serial killer and into the true life and unbalanced mind of a woman trying to deal with a brutal past and an even more deadly future. Both timely and terrifying, this powerful film provides an unsparing look at a madwoman's trial, appeal and execution. You will be mesmerized by the true and tragic story of a paranoid prostitute who began killing her customers in a murderous rage. Peter Travers of Rolling Stone says her eyes, radiating madness, will haunt your dreams. Filmed at Aileen Wuornos request, and containing her last interviews, this unflinching film recounts Aileen's life at the margins of society and shows her escalating psychological unraveling as she approaches her execution.
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The DVD is in widescreen (1.85:1). The image is roughly broadcast quality, with few scratches. Being a documentary, these details barely matter. The only extra is a trailer for "Monster."
Aileen had a horrible life. She comes from Michigan and grew up without a mother in a brutal household. When she was 13 she had a baby who was given up for adoption. After that, she wasn't let back into her home and actually lived in the woods. In Michigan this meant freezing in cold and snow. That's why she went to Florida, where it is warm.
She was a lesbian and had a few years of happiness with her lover, but her lover testified against her at the trial after tricking her to reveal her guilt in a series of taped phone calls. This all should have made me feel sorry for her, but I couldn't.
In the trial she testified that each of the men she murdered abused her in some way. She gave very graphic testimony about this but the jury didn't believe her. Later, after she was on death row awhile she said she made it all up and that she murdered them because she wanted her money. And then she whispered to the filmmaker when she thought she was off camera that she was, in fact, abused.
She's angry a lot. And she also smiles sweetly at times, especially when she greets the filmmaker. And then she goes into her story about how it was the cops who let her murder because they wanted to sell her story to the movies. She is probably paranoid about this. But of course, there is a movie out now that seems to indicate that Hollywood knew that this would make a good story.Read more ›
Watch for a scene during her last interview before her execution when she explodes at Broomfield after he asks her for the hundredth time if she killed in self-defense: "You don't get it, do ya, Nick!!" she bellows, eyes bulging maniacally. "I want to die!" At the end, Broomfield still didn't understand that Wuornos was an evil person; she accepted that fact, and was ready to die to pay for her crimes. Wuornos herself says, "If you don't kill me, I'll get out and kill again."
If you can get past Broomfield's almost pathetic naivity towards Wuornos as he tries to paint her as a tragic figure, this is worth the money. Wuornos in person is far more frightening and unnerving than Charlize Thieron's portrayal in "Monster."
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The DVD Aileen - Life and Death of a Serial Killer
DVD is a great companion piece to the movie "Monster. Read more
I saw Patty Jenkin's "Monster" but did not see British documentarian Nick Broomfield's 1992 work "Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer" before I... Read morePublished on June 2 2004 by Lawrance Bernabo