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“Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life” Review

Please choose seven of the following questions and answer them as a form of your “review” of this film.

  1. Why would an award winning director start a film like this with the chaplain? What is the significance of the squirrel story?
  2. Looking back at the film as a whole, why do you think Werner Herzog chose to use this story?
  3. How did you feel when you hear Michael Perry saying, “I’m going home or I’m going home”?
  4. Why do you think the director included the police crime scene footage showing an open cookbook and tray of cookies?
  5. What do you make of Michael Perry’s claim to be innocent?
  6. Think about the story about the Phillips Head screwdriver and the misfire? What did you gain from that scene?
  7. Were you surprised to learn that the man in that scene couldn’t read? Does that inform any of your opinions?
  8. What were your reactions to Perry in general? What about more specially, relating to his stories about the canoe trip?
  9. Think about when you “met” Delbert Burkett (Jason’s dad). Did this inform any of your judgments?
  10. What do you make of Mr. Burkett’s claim that God helped him testify?
  11. Think about Michael talking about his death being eight days away. How did you think he was coping? Why?
  12. Other than to explain the process, why do you think Herzog included the footage of Captain Fred Allan describing his episode following the execution of Carla Faye?
  13. Why was Lisa, the sister and daughter of the deceased, so glad that she went to the execution? Does this influence your opinions of the morality of capital punishment?
  14. Why does Jason Burkett’s dad think it is useful to explain that he sees no dettereance in the death penalty? Does that matter?
  15. Herzog says Jesus would probably have opposed the death penalty. From your study of the New Testament do you agree with Herzog?
  16. Think about the wedding and children section. What did you take from that?
  17. When Texans talk about ‘living your dash’. What does this mean? Look at the subtitle of the film (“Into the Abyss: A Tale of Death, a Tale of Life”). Why might Werner Hertzog have added this?
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