Stop Making Sense (1984)


Ecstatic. Jonathan Demme must have been closest to his element when he made this concert film showing the Talking Heads at the height of their powers. Demme cements the Heads' status as punk-era demigods by reproducing a personal take on their performance and simultaneously remaining absolutely unobtrusive -- a trick many lesser filmmakers would do well to learn. Demme also directed one of my favorite music videos (New Order's "The Perfect Kiss") and captured a Spalding Gray monologue (the riveting and hilarious Swimming to Cambodia) before he started making Oscar-winners (The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia). He'll never go hungry, but he also may never direct another perfect picture.
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