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Michael Ende
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    (November 12, 1928-August 29, 1995)
    Birth name is Michael Andreas Helmut Ende
    Wrote fantasy novels and children's books
    Wrote 'Jim Button and Luke the Engine Driver,' 'Jim Button and the Wild,' 'The Grey Gentlemen,' 'The NeverEnding Story,' 'Juggler's Tale,' 'Mirror in the Mirror,' 'Ophelia's Shadow Theater' and 'The Night of Wishes'
    He was drafted into the German Army when World War II was almost over (1945).
    He was a film critic for the Bavarian Broadcasting Company.
    He was criticized for filling children's minds with escapist, fantasy stories instead of confronting them with social realism.
    He moved to Rome to escape further criticism (1971).
    After 'The NeverEnding Story' and 'The Grey Gentlemen' became world best-selling novels, he became a recluse to avoid more attention.
    He was unhappy with the film version of 'The NeverEnding Story' and tried to halt its release.
    He sued the producers to remove his name from the movie and lost (His name only appears in the closing credits in small print).
    He died of stomach cancer.
    His first wife died of lung cancer (1985).
    'The NeverEnding Story' was made into a successful movie that became a cult-classic.
    'The Grey Gentlemen' was also made into a movie.
    He said of 'The NeverEnding Story' movie: 'The script no longer captures the substance of my novel. Left over are only some images, locations and characters, which have been robbed of all meaning and context. The problems inherent in making a film out of the book have been solved simply by eliminating the reasons for the problems, and in the process all depth, meaning and artistic seriousness.'
    He also said: 'I did not develop away from the film - I developed away from the big money! Big money in a movie production means technical perfection. Imagination is killed by that perfection - it leaves nothing for the imagination to work upon...They made it a teenager movie - pure Disney stuff ...'

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