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Worst Title Ever…?

Worst Title Ever...?

Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman, which first debuted at the Toronto Film Festival back in 2005, may have the highest body count of any movie to hit American theaters this side of 300. Since Albert Pierrepoint was among Britain’s most prolific (though in point of fact not its last) hangmen – the film credits him with over 608 hangings – there’s good reason for the film’s seemingly endless depictions of executions, and given the movie’s middlebrow pedigree (director Adrian Shergold and screenwriters Jeff Pope and Bob Mills work mostly for British television, and the film was produced “in association with Masterpiece Theater”), it’s unsurprising that these executions are handled, for the most part, quite tastefully. Still, there’s something deeply unsettling about watching this parade of death; the accumulation of executions is both disturbing and desensitizing, as the film itself strives, with only intermittent success, to depict capital punishment in simultaneously human and mundane terms.

Click here to read the rest of Chris Wisniewski’s review of Pierrepoint: The Last Hangman.

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