SCREENING OF END OF THE CENTURY - THE STORY OF
THE RAMONES DOCUMENTARY AT THE RAMONES MUSEUM BERLIN ON JULY 5,
Copyright 2013 -> Jan Beddies and Jari-Pekka Laitio-Ramone.
This text is written by Jan Beddies.
There was a screening of End
Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones at
Museum Berlin with it's director Michael Gramaglia as
guest. The event was dedicated to Arturo
Vega who passed away month
earlier (June 8, 2013). I spoke briefly with Flo Hayler who run Museum.
He was still deeply moved, especially when Arturo in the movie talked
about Joey Ramone's fight against cancer in his last days. The event was
these feelings a great evening.
I think, there were at least 40 people in the Museum. And for me it was
great, to see the film again after some years. After the screening,
there was a question&answer discussion with the director Michael
Gramaglia. First time, I watched the film was in 2003 at the big
Berlinale Film festival. Michael Gramiglia told us, that he had strange
memories at the screening in 2003, because he recognized, that the
people came from all over Europe to see the film.
Quite interesting was the discussion about Johnny Ramone. There were
question about Johnny being right wing conservative, hating Joey and so
on. Michael told a nice episode. In the movie Johnny seems to be quite
tough, when he was asked, if he was touched by Joey's death. And he that
just "yes, it moved me for a week." Linda told Michael later, that he
locked himself into his room and wept for a week. And he sent flowers
for Joey's funeral, which were sent back by Joey's estate.
Flo told the
audience, that it was Johnny, who had an eye on the fans. He was the
one, who asked the 16 years old Flo, if his parents know where he is, if
Flo has enough money for the trip to the next concert, if he needs a
ticket for the next show etc. At last Johnny Ramone was the only one,
who thanks the
fans at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Ceremony (ok, and also he
Just some examples of really great memories shared on that evening.
Micheal Gramaglia said at the end, that there hopefully will be a 10th
anniversary edition of End Of The Century: The Story Of The Ramones in
next year with some bonus outtakes. Maybe on iTunes,
because they don't sell enough DVD's at the United States anymore.
Thanks Jan Beddies of writing thise review/ story of this event.