End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones is a 2003 documentary about the highly influential punk rock band the Ramones. The film, produced and directed by Jim Fields and Michael Gramaglia, follows the band’s history and 22 years of touring. The movie was generally well received by critics and fans alike, receiving a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes. End of the Century was released on DVD August 9, 2005.

The film tells the story of the Ramones from their beginnings at CBGB’s to their induction in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It includes commentary by Dee Dee Ramone, Johnny Ramone, Joey Ramone, Marky Ramone, C.J. Ramone, Tommy Ramone, Richie Ramone, Elvis Ramone and others (including Joey’s mother and brother). The DVD also features a video of Marky showing that he can play drums heavy metal style and challenging metal drummers to play in the style of the Ramones.

A rough cut of End of the Century premiered at the Slamdance Film Festival 2003, its run-time was subsequently shortened by nearly one hour. The final and completed version of the film didn’t appear until February 2005 at the Berlin Film Festival. Also, the filmmakers first attempted to make the film in 1994 to document the final year of the band on the road but ran into difficulties with the band’s management. Fields and Gramaglia restarted the production in 1998 after the complicated retirement of the band had been concluded.

Johnny Ramone died in September 2004, just over a year after the release of the documentary.

The name of the this documentary comes from the Ramones fifth album, End of the Century.

Even though the talk during the South American scenes is about Brazil, both the “mob scene” and the TV presentation take place in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In the mob scene, the kids chase the Ramones car down Carlos Pellegrini street, 100 meters north of the Obelisco landmark. The Argentine presenter is Mario Pergolini.

Cinematographer George Seminara is also known for starring in the 1987 comedy/horror classic I Was A Teenage Zombie.

End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones