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Broomfield, Demme, Radice, Safdie and Safdie, Truffaut

Ricki and the Flash (Jonathan Demme, 2015). By the last third of the film, it seems clear that Demme’s chief motivation for taking on this project is the opportunity to apply his extensive experience directing concert films to this fictional story

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Greatish Performances #12

#12 — Thandie Newton as Regina Lambert in the The Truth About Charlie (Jonathan Demme, 2002) There are probably faster, more decisive ways to quash a film career than to take on a role originally played by Audrey Hepburn, but

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Spectrum Check

I didn’t have that many writing assignments for Spectrum Culture this week, so of course I needed to make certain my one piece was exceedingly long, maybe the longest I’ve ever written for the site. To be fair, the “Re-make/Re-model”

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Top 50 Films of the 80s — Number Twelve

#12 — Stop Making Sense (Jonathan Demme, 1984) There are few movies that bring me as much immediate and consistent joy as Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense, the brilliant concert film featuring Talking Heads. From the very beginning, with opening

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Top Fifty Films of the 80s — Number Fifteen

#15 — Melvin and Howard (Jonathan Demme, 1980) Part of the appeal of subscribing to auteur theory is the sense of extra connectedness to the directors with the strongest cinematic presence. It’s easy to feel like watching a film is

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Top Fifty Films of the 80s — Number Forty-Seven

#47 — Swimming to Cambodia (Jonathan Demme, 1987) The very nature of Swimming to Cambodia is fantastically, deliriously uncinematic. There’s no sweep or scope to the movie, nothing particularly dynamic to train the camera on. The action gets no more

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Top Fifty Films of the 90s — Number Five

#5 — The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991) It didn’t occur to me at the time, but, looking back, Jonathan Demme wasn’t the most obvious choice to helm the film adaptation of Thomas Harris’s grim novel about an

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