Stop Making Sense (2014)
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Stop Making Sense was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director's subject is The Talking Heads, a new-wave/pop-rock group comprised of David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. The film was made during a three-day concert gig at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. What emerges on screen says as much about director Demme's taste and sensitivity as it does about the group and its visionary leader Byrne. Though some of the material in
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Like Talking Heads itself, Jonathan Demme's landmark 1984 film is accessible and arty. In less skilled hands, it would simply feel alien and cold, not vibrantly and enthrallingly alive.
It's all so precise even as it is totally loopy, and the music pressed up in our face so urgently and enticingly, that the movie is as close to perfect as it gets.
Stop Making Sense is a concert film with a narrative, bursting at the seams with bits of invention and passion.
One of the best concert movies ever.
Decent, as concert films go. Being a huge TH fan helps. Byrne's oversized suit good for a chuckle.
Even at its least effective, the film animates one's foot to tap unknowingly for eighty-eight minutes.
a powerful musical experience because the filmmakers have such utter confidence in the material that there is no need to dress it up
This is an uplifting movie in the truest, most basic sense -- it just puts you in a good mood.
A distinct collaboration between Demme and the band, it hits with equal force on visual and aural fronts.
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