DVD Reviews

DVD Reviews

Dead Man
Jim Jarmusch
Palador/Moser Baer, Rs 399

The End of Violence
Wim wenders
Palador, Rs 399

Violence, as seen by two directors

Violence has been a favourite subject of filmmakers worldwide since the time the art of cinema came into being. Directors like Quentin Tarantino have even mastered the craft of making violence look almost poetic, and there are innumerable films with violent themes that have cult followings. Here are three films that present contrasting standpoints on this genre. Violence does not necessarily always mean blood and gore.

Sometimes it can be an act of the mind too. Jim Jarmusch’s Dead Man and The End of Violence by Wim Wenders showcase how varied the meaning of the word can be. Jarmusch’s Dead Man is set in the early 20th century, with protagonist William Blake (Johnny Depp) travelling to the far-West of America for a job but ending up killing a man. Blake, hounded by all, finds help from a Red Indian who mistakes him to be a poet with the same name. Jarmusch keeps the violence palpable throughout the film, making the audiences feel its presence throughout. Neil Young’s music gives extra energy to the narrative.

Wenders’ film has a film producer protagonist whose pet theme is violence. He is a person who uses technology to keep in touch with the rest of the world. It is this character that mysterious things happen to, and as the storyline unspools, we get to see how complicated life can get. Like most of Wenders’ movies, this one too exercises one’s brain through a complex style.