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In the 1960s, a well-meaning television repairman named Bob Nelson became convinced that cryonics were the path to eternal life. Though he had no credentials to speak of, he convinced a number of people to let him freeze them when they died. Horrible things happened. Cryonics never recovered.

Why did a television repairman think he knew how to preserve dead bodies — and why did people want him to freeze their dearly departed? Did Bob Nelson destroy himself, or was it people's expectations that ruined him?

An obsessive character, weird science, thwarted dreams — in short, classic Errol Morris.

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