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Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer
Aileen Wuornos: The Selling of a Serial Killer (1992) is a documentary film about Aileen Wuornos, made by Nick Broomfield. It documents Broomfield's attempts to interview Wuornos, which involves a long process of mediation through her adopted mother Arlene Pralle and an incompetent lawyer, Steve.
The film essentially highlights the exploitation of Wuornos by those around her, questioning how fair her trial can be given the vested interests of the police.
As part of the Wuornos trial through 2001, the film was shown in order to highlight the incompetence of her original lawyer. It was through this process that Broomfield decided to make a second film, Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer.
Furthermore, for the feature film Monster, Charlize Theron used this film as source material, apparently watching clips in-between takes in order to perfect the character. Theron won an Oscar for her performance, awarded on what would have been Aileen's birthday.
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