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Into the Abyss – review

31 March 2012 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Werner Herzog's documentary about a triple murder in Texas is a compelling reflection on capital punishment

Many film-makers cut their teeth directing documentaries before moving on to features. Relatively few continue making them in tandem with their fiction work. Louis Malle is perhaps the most notable example of a director who did, and there is a fascinating and fruitful interplay between the two aspects of his career stretching from his first movie, Le Monde du silence, the film of marine exploration he co-directed with Jacques-Yves Cousteau in 1956, to his final film, Vanya on 42nd Street, in 1994, where it is hard to say whether it's a documentary about an Andre Gregory production of Chekhov in New York or a fictional film built around the play.

Born a decade after Malle and a key member of the German new wave that followed the French one, Werner Herzog's career has taken him along a similar path. »

- Philip French

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