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Film Feature: HollywoodChicago.com Remembers Jonathan Demme

2 May 2017 6:50 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – The impact that director Jonathan Demme had on the last couple generations of cinema will live beyond his passing last week, at the age of 73. The Oscar-winning filmmaker also made an impact with the film writers of HollywoodChicago.com – Jon Espino, Patrick McDonald and Spike Walters.

Director Jonathan Demme on the Set of ‘The Silence of the Lambs

Photo credit: 20 Century Fox Home Entertainment

The director was described as “the last of the great humanists” in the HollywoodChicago.com obituary, and followed through on that description with an incredible run of films in the 1980s and ‘90s, which included “Melvin and Howard” (1980), “Something Wild” (1986), “Swimming to Cambodia” (1987), “Married to the Mob” (1988), “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) and “Philadelphia” (1993). He also created one of the greatest rock documentaries ever, “Stop Making Sense” (1984, featuring the Talking Heads) and worked extensively with Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young on other rock docs. He »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Robyn Hitchcock Remembers Jonathan Demme: ‘He Was the Anti-Video-Generation Director’

27 April 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director Jonathan Demme, who died on Wednesday at age 73, may go down as the most rock-friendly major director of all time. His most famous association was with Talking Heads, thanks to the boon to both their careers that was “Stop Making Sense.” But he also enjoyed long friendships and/or working relationships with everyone from Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young to cult bands like The Feelies. And arguably the most peculiar documentary in a filmography full of peculiar documentaries is “Storefront Hitchcock,” a concert film that had the amiably surreal British singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock playing an acoustic gig with his back to a shop window, competing for the viewer’s attention with mostly unaware passersby.

Demme never stopped dragging his favorite people into his movies, so Hitchcock subsequently showed up in “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Rachel Getting Married,” on top of being asked to contribute songs for other films. »

- Chris Willman

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Great Job, Internet!: The story behind the revolutionary slogan Jonathan Demme hid in his movies

27 April 2017 3:12 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Most great directors have their quirky trademarks, but few are as esoteric as “A Luta Continua,” the Portuguese-language political slogan that appears at the very end of the credits of four movies directed by the late Jonathan Demme: Something Wild, Married To The Mob, Silence Of The Lambs, and Philadelphia. To the few who sit all the way through the credits, the phrase probably looks like little more than behind-the-scenes gobbledygook, right up there with the International Alliance Of Theatrical Stage Employees labor union logo, the legal disclaimers, and the MPAA registration. And even that tiny minority of viewers that recognizes the reference would be baffled, because “A Luta Continua” (“The Struggle Continues”) was the slogan of the independence movement in Mozambique. What’s it doing in the end credits of a bunch of American movies? And what’s that little figure next to it?

“A Luta Continua” at »

- Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

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Film News: Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Dies at 73

27 April 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

New York City – He was the helmsman of “The Silence of the Lambs,” which won him Best Director and took home Best Picture at the 1992 Academy Awards, and made numerous other late 20th Century movie classics. Director Jonathan Demme died in New York City on April 26, 2017, at the age of 73.

Film writer Dave Kehr called Demme “the last of the great humanists,” and the director followed through on that description with an incredible run of films in the 1980s and ‘90s, which included “Melvin and Howard” (1980), “Something Wild” (1986), “Swimming to Cambodia” (1987), “Married to the Mob” (1988), “Lambs” (1991) and “Philadelphia” (1993). He also created one of the greatest rock documentaries ever, “Stop Making Sense” (1984, featuring the Talking Heads) and worked extensively with Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young on other rock docs. He even directed an episode of the TV classic “Columbo” in 1978, among his other TV achievements.

Director Jonathan Demme on the Set »

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How Will Film Critics Remember Jonathan Demme? — Critics Survey

27 April 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film and TV critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can typically be found at the end of this post.) This week, however, in light of Jonathan Demme’s death — and in reaction to the immense outpouring of love for the man and his movies that followed the news of his passing — we’ve decided to switch things up with a special mid-week edition of our usual survey. 

We asked our panel one simple question: How will you remember Jonathan Demme? The responses we received can be found below.

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Though I only saw “Something Wild” for the first time this month, it somehow feels like it’s been with me for my entire filmgoing life. The scene where (my ideal man »

- David Ehrlich

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Jodie Foster Shares Touching Tribute to Late Director Jonathan Demme: 'He Was Pure Energy'

26 April 2017 6:30 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jodie Foster is paying tribute to legendary director Jonathan Demme following his death on Wednesday.

The actress released a touching statement to media outlets mourning the loss of the groundbreaking filmmaker, and celebrating his impressive life and legacy.

Watch: Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs' and 'Philadelphia' Director, Dies at 73

"I am heart-broken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you’d have to design a hurricane to contain him," Foster shared. "Jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy, the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative. Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul."

"[He was] most beloved, something wild, brother of love, director of the lambs," she continued. "Love that guy. Love him so much."

Foster delivered one of her career-defining performances as rookie FBI Agent Clarice Starling »

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Talking Heads Frontman David Byrne Pens Touching Tribute to Jonathan Demme

26 April 2017 4:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Byrne paid tribute to Jonathan Demme in a lengthy letter posted Wednesday on his website after the Academy Award-winning director died at the age of 73.

The Talking Heads lead singer and guitarist recounted his experiences with Demme filming the footage that would eventually be turned into “Stop Making Sense,” a now-iconic concert doc shot at Hollywood’s Pantages Theatre. Byrne highlighted how Demme was able to think of the movie as a “theatrical ensemble piece” and reflected on his ability to make the band feel included.

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Justin Timberlake Remembers ‘Master of Humanity’ Jonathan Demme

“Jonathan was also incredibly generous during the editing and mixing,” he said. “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.”

With few words to spare for Demme’s more successful films, such as “Silence of the Lambs” and “Philadelphia, »

- Erin Nyren

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Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of 'The Silence of the Lambs', Has Passed Away at 73

26 April 2017 2:47 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Sad news today as Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, has passed away at the age of 73 due to complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease. He is survived by his wife and three children. One glance at Demme's filmography and you'll see an incredibly versatile slate that ranged from B-movie roots, like his Roger Corman-produced directorial debut, Caged Heat, to comedy, like his 1988 hit Married to the Mob, to music, for his work with Bruce Springsteen over the years, to his dramas, like the Oscar-winning Philadelphia, and to his thrillers, like Silence of the Lambs, for which he won a Best Director Oscar. Demme was the kind of filmmaker who commanded whatever genre he was working in at the time, continually jumping...

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Read David Byrne’s Touching Farewell Letter to Friend and ‘Stop Making Sense’ Director Jonathan Demme

26 April 2017 2:36 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The late filmmaker Jonathan Demme, who died last night at the age of 73, will always be linked to Talking Heads frontman David Byrne. The two likeminded artists first worked together on the 1984 classic “Stop Making Sense,” a concert documentary that Byrne hired Demme to direct, and that collaboration forever transformed what the world thinks possible of such performance-driven films. More than that, the experience sparked a lifelong friendship, one that extended into several other projects and irrevocably deepened the relationship between music and movies.

This afternoon, Byrne wrote a loving remembrance of Demme on his website. We have reposted the full text of Byrne’s letter below.

Read More: Remembering Jonathan Demme: Why He Was One Of The Great Filmmakers Of Our Time

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 »

- David Ehrlich

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Jonathan Demme Appreciation: A Filmmaker Who Turned His Humanity Into Art

26 April 2017 2:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The great filmmakers who came to prominence in the 1970s — and Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday, was one of them — had stylistic traits that made them iconically identifiable. Robert Altman had his multi-character hubbub, Martin Scorsese had his volcanic rock ‘n’ roll virtuosity, and Francis Ford Coppola had his lavishly scaled operatic grandeur. But Demme, vivid and stirring as his filmmaking voice was, had no such obvious signature. You could almost say that he was defined by his lack of signature.

What defined a Demme film was the open-eyed flow of its humanity, the way his camera drank in everyone on screen — it didn’t matter whether the character was a goofy truck driver, a derelict billionaire, the troubled wife of a mobster, a new wave rock ‘n’ roller, or a serial killer — and took the full measure of their life and spirit. For Demme, the magic of movies resided »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Jonathan Demme: Where to Stream His Finest Films

26 April 2017 2:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jonathan Demme has passed away at age 73, leaving behind a legacy of amazing films. Thanks to modern technology, you can now host your own Demme film festival by streaming many of his biggest hits. Check out where to stream the cream of the crop below.

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Netflix:

*”The Manchurian Candidate” (2004) — Watch it Here

*”Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids” (2016) — Watch it Here

Amazon Prime Video:

*”Who Am I This Time?” (from “PBS’ American Playhouse”) (1982) — Watch it Here

FilmStruck:

*”A Master Builder” (2014) — Watch it Here

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*”Citizen’s Band” (1977) — Rent it Here

*”Stop Making Sense” (1984) — Rent it Here

*”Swing Shift” (1984) — Rent it Here

*”Married To The Mob” (1988) — Rent it Here

*”The Silence of the Lambs” (1991) — Rent it Here

*”Philadelphia” (1993) — Rent it Here

*”Beloved” (1998) — Rent it Here

*”Storefront Hitchcock” (1998) — Rent it Here

*”The Truth About Charlie »

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Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, David Byrne, Meryl Streep Remember Jonathan Demme

26 April 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

“He was the grandest of men,” says Tom Hanks. “A big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man,” recalls Meryl Streep. Hollywood reacted today with heartbreak and praise to news of Jonathan Demme’s death. “Rest In Peace, Jd…”, tweeted Alec Baldwin, who made an early big-screen appearance in 1988 with Demme’s Married to the Mob. “The World lost one of its purest, most loving and talented souls today,” said Christine Lahti, who costarred in the director’s 1984 Swing Shift. David… »

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Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, David Byrne, Meryl Streep Remember Jonathan Demme

26 April 2017 1:39 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

“He was the grandest of men,” says Tom Hanks. “A big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man,” recalls Meryl Streep. Hollywood reacted today with heartbreak and praise to news of Jonathan Demme’s death. “Rest In Peace, Jd…”, tweeted Alec Baldwin, who made an early big-screen appearance in 1988 with Demme’s Married to the Mob. “The World lost one of its purest, most loving and talented souls today,” said Christine Lahti, who costarred in the director’s 1984 Swing Shift. David… »

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David Byrne Remembers 'Incredibly Generous' Jonathan Demme

26 April 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

David Byrne, who collaborated with director Jonathan Demme multiple times, most notably on the famous Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense, remembered the director on Wednesday with a post on his website. Demme died early this morning at age 73 from esophageal cancer. 

Byrne praised Demme for his "focus on character, his love of ordinary people, [which] made the movies something different and special." Byrne also commended the filmmaker for his musical enthusiasm and ability to "slip a reggae artist's song or a Haitian recording into a narrative film in ways »

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Watch: Video Compilation Evokes the Power of Jonathan Demme’s Close-Ups

26 April 2017 1:09 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

The news of Jonathan Demme‘s death, while remarkably sad, has had at least one positive effect: across the film world and on social media we’ve seen an outpouring of love for one of our most versatile and effective filmmakers, one that’s unique for commending the artist and person. Take a quick look at the films and you’ll start to understand why. His treatment of people, how he photographed actors and allowed them to express a range of emotion that’s rare in any kind of art, would overpower viewers, and not always in the most obvious ways. How many of us saw Silence of the Lambs at a young age and were particularly moved by a series of close-ups whose place and effect we’d fail to describe? How much more easily could Beloved or Philadelphia just been social-issue movies if they weren’t such direct »

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Peter Travers on Jonathan Demme: The Movies' Great Humanist

26 April 2017 12:34 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jonathan Demme, dead of cancer at 73. It's hard to take in those words.

Or to stop feeling the gut punch of his loss. High praise will flow, deservedly, about Demme's virtuosity as a filmmaker; about the Oscars he won for The Silence of the Lambs; about his concert films, from Stop Making Sense to Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids, that brought audiences closer than ever before to the sweaty intimacy and creative pulse of music. His influence is everywhere. Paul Thomas Anderson was once asked for a list of the »

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Secrets of The Silence of the Lambs: Inside the Making of Jonathan Demme’s Killer Horror Classic

26 April 2017 12:11 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Late director Jonathan Demme’s horror masterpiece The Silence of the Lambs was only the third movie to sweep “The Big Five” at the Academy Awards when it took home trophies for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Screenplay at the 1992 ceremony.

More than a quarter-century later, the first horror movie in history to win Best Picture remains a pop culture touchstone. The serial-killer thriller starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins earned more than $272 million worldwide, launched multiple sequels and a television series, and continues to spook new viewers — who may or may not watch with »

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Jonathan Demme, Oscar-Winning Director of 'The Silence of the Lambs,' Has Passed Away at 73

26 April 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Sad news today as Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, has passed away at the age of 73 due to complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease. He is survived by his wife and three children. One glance at Demme's filmography and you'll see an incredibly versatile slate that ranged from B-movie roots, like his Roger Corman-produced directorial debut, Caged Heat, to comedy, like his 1988 hit Married to the Mob, to music, for his work with...

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Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme Passes Away at 73

26 April 2017 10:53 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for directing the 1991 Best Picture winner The Silence of the Lambs, has passed away earlier this morning at the age of 74. According to a source close to the family, the filmmaker passed from esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease. The filmmaker had been treated for esophageal cancer in 2010, and while he did recover, the cancer came back in 2015, and sources said his condition had deteriorated in recent weeks. We have assembled a number of tweets below from filmmakers and actors paying their respects to this iconic director.

IndieWire first broke the news this morning, as tributes have started to flood in from filmmakers such as Edgar Wright, James Wan and actors such as Denis Leary, Michael Chiklis and many more. Jonathan Demme was born February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Nassau County, New York to Dorothy Louise (Rogers) and Robert Eugene Demme, a public relations executive. »

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Why Jonathan Demme Was One of the Greatest Concert Movie Directors Ever

26 April 2017 10:44 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jonathan Demme's death at the age of 73 prompted an outpouring of online memorials from film lovers who remembered the Oscar-winning director for his varied career: everything from the chilling, intelligent thriller The Silence of the Lambs to the brittle 2008 indie drama Rachel Getting Married. But for music fans, those highlights don't even scratch the surface of what cemented his legacy.

It's not hyperbole to say that Demme was arguably the greatest concert filmmaker ever – look at the number of them that he made, the range of artists he chronicled »

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