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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992)

1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.

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Jesse 'The Human Bomb' Aviles ...
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Steve Glazer ...
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Brian Jarvis ...
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1992, Florida, USA. Aileen Wuornos is claimed to be the world's first female serial killer.

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4 February 1994 (USA)  »

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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »

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Aileen Wuornos: [In court] I wanna be back in prison. I don't care what the sentence is. I'm already on death row, I'm gonna see the chair, I don't... this is all re-electional purposes. This is not for nothing but to get you guys re-elected. And this is a bunch of bull-shit. This doesn't even need to happen. I'm trying to save tax payers money; you people don't care. You wanna press on with a jury and everything else to try to impress the public. And all I wanna do is go back to prison, wait for the chair, and...
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A haunting classic of pitch black comedy
16 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film, and Broomfield's follow up, should be viewed by anyone who wants to reexamine their feelings about capital punishment. Wurous is abused by everyone, obviously at least half mad, and in a state of terror at being incarcerated. A ghoulish group of hanger ons try to exploit her at every turn (interestingly, the lawyer is given a questionable reprieve in the sequel) and even grease her path to the electric chair. The system to takes a crack at exploiting her "fame."

Some dismiss Broomfield's work as egocentric and cheap shot ridden; I find it honest and actually quite compassionate. I think he was derided for presenting an unflattering portrait of the then in vogue Courtney Love. Well, looks like he was right on that one too.

This is, I think, his strongest film. But see the sequel too; one the grim jokes turn themselves inside out.


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