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Old 04-26-17, 09:54 AM
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RIP Jonathan Demme

http://www.indiewire.com/2017/04/jon...bs-1201809289/

One of my faves, Rest in Peace
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Re: RIP Jonathan Demme

Wow.

If I remember correctly, he had been sick around the time of Rachel Getting Married?
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RIP

Made some good films.
Melvin & Howard, Something Wild & SOTL.
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Re: RIP Jonathan Demme

Stop Making Sense was and remains a classic Concert Film, via Talking Heads
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Best tribute I could find. Possibly his generations' greatest motion picture photographer of faces.

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Cosmic coincidence: Last night I was watching YouTube videos, mostly Paul Simon stuff, and clips from Stop Making Sense kept popping up. Naive Melody, the bit with the lamp, brilliant fun.
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Re: RIP Jonathan Demme

Originally Posted by Mabuse
Cosmic coincidence: Last night I was watching YouTube videos, mostly Paul Simon stuff, and clips from Stop Making Sense kept popping up. Naive Melody, the bit with the lamp, brilliant fun.
My favorite song from my favorite concert film.

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Sad news. Great director.

I remember when his brother died very unexpectedly several years ago.

RIP
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Originally Posted by Perkinsun Dzees
Sad news. Great director.

I remember when his brother died very unexpectedly several years ago.

RIP
Nephew.
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Originally Posted by Perkinsun Dzees
Sad news. Great director.

I remember when his brother died very unexpectedly several years ago.

RIP
That was his nephew.
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Never for money
Always for love
Cover up and say goodnight.
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MARRIED TO THE MOB is my favorite of his films. One of the funniest, most unheralded comedies of the 80s!
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I'm surprised nobody mentioned his best film: Silence of the Lambs. I am not big horror fan, but this is a true masterpiece that combined horror, suspense and drama along with a great cast. I think it was the last movie to sweep every major category at the Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay. Titanic didn't win any of the acting awards.
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Re: RIP Jonathan Demme

Originally Posted by sauce07
My favorite song from my favorite concert film.

Mine too.

And Silence of the Lambs is an All-Time classic thriller.
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Originally Posted by mcnabb
I'm surprised nobody mentioned his best film: Silence of the Lambs. I am not big horror fan, but this is a true masterpiece that combined horror, suspense and drama along with a great cast. I think it was the last movie to sweep every major category at the Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay. Titanic didn't win any of the acting awards.
Stop Making Sense and Silence are just phenomenal.. what a range
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Originally Posted by mcnabb
I'm surprised nobody mentioned his best film: Silence of the Lambs. I am not big horror fan, but this is a true masterpiece that combined horror, suspense and drama along with a great cast. I think it was the last movie to sweep every major category at the Oscars: Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, Best Screenplay. Titanic didn't win any of the acting awards.
I mentioned it in post #3 as SOTL and I agree about it being a masterpiece. Horror, psychological thriller, drama, police procedural and even has some dark comic moments.
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I kind of think SOTL just goes without saying. It's one of the greatest films of all time.
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Damn, the episode of "Shots Fired" that airs tonight on Fox was directed by him.
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Sad news. I'm not a great enthusiast of his work (Silence... is one of the most overpraised films of the '90s, imo), but he seemed like a truly decent man, which is a relative rarity in the Tinseltown money machine.
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I probably watch SOTL every year. The cage/elevator scene is just fantastic.
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I'll mention Philadelphia. Somewhat hamfisted script, but wonderfully directed and great performances.
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My friend, the director Jonathan Demme, passed last night.

I met Jonathan in the ‘80s when Talking Heads were touring a show that he would eventually film and turn into Stop Making Sense. While touring, I thought the show had turned out well and might hold up as a movie, and a mutual friend introduced us. I loved his films Melvin and Howard and Citizens Band (AKA Handle With Care). From those movies alone, one could sense his love of ordinary people. That love surfaces and is manifest over and over throughout his career. Jonathan was also a huge music fan—that’s obvious in his films too—many of which are jam-packed with songs by the often obscure artists he loved. He’d find ways to slip a reggae artist’s song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways that were often joyous and unexpected.

We very much saw eye to eye when we met, and the late Gary Kurfirst, who managed Talking Heads, found us the money to shoot Stop Making Sense. We booked four nights at the Pantages Theatre in LA at the tail end of a tour for filming. Jonathan joined us on the road and became familiar with the band and the show. Jonathan was going through a bit of a nightmare during filming—a studio and a star wanted him to reshoot parts of a big budget film he’d just finished called Swingshift. He was dealing with that in the day and shooting our low budget movie at night. Guess which one will be remembered? That said, Swingshift was filled with empathy for the women workers in U.S. factories during WWII—it was character driven, as much of his other work is.

Stop Making Sense was character driven too. Jonathan’s skill was to see the show almost as a theatrical ensemble piece, in which the characters and their quirks would be introduced to the audience, and you’d get to know the band as people, each with their distinct personalities. They became your friends, in a sense. I was too focused on the music, the staging and the lighting to see how important his focus on character was—it made the movie something different and special. Jonathan was also incredibly generous during the editing and mixing. He and producer Gary Goetzman made us in the band feel included; they wanted to hear what we had to say. That inclusion was hugely inspirational for me. Though I had directed music videos before, this mentoring of Jonathan’s emboldened me to try making a feature film.

Jonathan helped me as I was developing True Stories, I wrote a song for his film Something Wild, a score for Married to the Mob and we made a test sequence for a never completed documentary featuring Robert Farris Thompson called Rule of the Cool. Jonathan went on to make a lot more features—some hugely successful, others not so much. He interspersed these with a number of documentaries and music films. The documentaries are pure labors of love. They tend to be celebrations of unsung heroes—an agronomist in Haiti, an activist (cousin) and pastor and an ordinary woman who does extraordinary things in New Orleans post-Katrina. The fiction films, the music films and the docs are all filled with so much passion and love. He often turned what would be a genre film into a very personal expression. His view of the world was open, warm, animated and energetic. He was directing T.V. episodes even this year, when he was in remission.

Jonathan, we’ll miss you.

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New blessing: Blessed are thee and may David Byrne write you a four paragraph eulogy on the day you die.
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Originally Posted by Hokeyboy
MARRIED TO THE MOB is my favorite of his films. One of the funniest, most unheralded comedies of the 80s!
I agree. It's great. I don't love it as much as The Silence of the Lambs, but it's probably my second-favorite Demme movie.

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