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End of Violence, The

End of Violence, The

The End of Violence deals with violence as a subject. It shows a cross-section of the Los Angeles population, people from all sorts of different social backgrounds, all connected by violence in unusual ways: a film producer, an actress, a scientist, an FBI agent, a stuntwoman, a policeman, a Mexican gardener and his family, a cleaning woman with her daughter, and many more. The film deals with these people's feelings about violence. It tries to show the seductiveness and paradoxical nature of violence without, however, displaying it.


Wim Wenders was born in Düsseldorf in 1945. After discovering his love for cinema in Paris, he attended film school in Munich from 1967-1970. Also active as a photographer and writer, he has made more than 50 films since 1971 all over the world. A selection of his acclaimed films includes: THE GOALKEEPER'S FEAR OF THE PENALTY (1971), ALICE IN THE CITIES (1973), IN THE COURSE OF TIME (1976), THE AMERICAN FRIEND (1977), HAMMETT (1982), THE STATE OF THINGS (1982), PARIS, TEXAS (1984), WINGS OF DESIRE (1987), UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD (1991), FARAWAY, SO CLOSE! (1993), LISBON STORY (1994), THE END OF VIOLENCE (1997), BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB (1998), THE MILLION DOLLAR HOTEL (2000), THE SOUL OF A MAN (2003), LAND OF PLENTY (2004), DON'T COME KNOCKING (2005), PALERMO SHOOTING (2008), PINA (2011), CATHEDRALS OF CULTURE (2013), THE SALT OF THE EARTH (2014), and EVERY THING WILL BE FINE (2015).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Wim Wenders
Screenplay Nicholas Klein
Cinematography Pascal Rabaud
Peter Przygodda
Ry Cooder
Cast Ulrich Felsberg, Gabriel Byrne, Bill Pullman, Andie MacDowell
Producer Jean François Fonlupt
Production Companies Road Movies Filmproduktion/Berlin, Ciby Pictures Inc., Los Angeles
Length 122 min
Format color, 35 mm
Original Version
 English
Subtitled Versions French, German
Sound Technology Dolby SR
Festivals Cannes 1997 (in competition)
With backing from German Federal Film Board
German Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Germany/Munich

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