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First Person

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In this debut installment of Errol Morris’ documentary series, the famed filmmaker profiles Temple Grandin, a diagnosed autistic who runs a slaughterhouse in order to understand death. Despite that none too enticing setup, First Person never ceases to be fascinating, with Morris employing a jarringly close-up shooting style to make Grandin’s story as riveting as possible. Future episodes — such as one on a pro-cryogenics organization — indicate that First Person won’t ever be anything less than slightly unsettling, but at a time when the E! True Hollywood Story counts as a documentary, it’s refreshing to see a master at work. A-