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

It’s there in the way David Byrne, in “Stop Making Sense” (1984), spins and jiggles and bops like a geek preppie having a nervous breakdown, yet the more you look the more you realize that what’s breaking down is the wall that separates him from the ecstasy that he’s feeling. And it’s there in the way that Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), the rookie FBI detective in “The Silence of the Lambs,” approaches the prison glass that shields her from Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a psychopath of such playful homicidal genius that he has the ability to look right into her soul, yet what keeps bringing her back to him is the empowering surge she feels when she realizes that, yes, she can look into his, too.

Demme got his start in the Roger Corman trash factory, making wild-ass B-movies like “Caged Heat” (1974) and “Crazy Mama” (1975).

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

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