Robert Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944) is an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter.
Demme was born in Baldwin, New York, the son of Dorothy Demme and a public relations executive father. Demme has three children: Ramona, Brooklyn, Josephine. He is a graduate of the University of Florida. He also was the uncle of director Ted Demme, who died in 2002.
Demme broke into feature film working for exploitation film producer Roger Corman from 1971 to 1976, co-writing and producing Angels Hard as They Come and The Hot Box, then directing three films (Caged Heat, Crazy Mama, Fighting Mad) for Corman’s studio New World Pictures. After Fighting Mad, Demme moved on to direct the comedy film Handle with Care for Paramount Pictures in 1977. The film was well-received by critics, but received little promotion, and performed poorly at the box office.
Demme’s 1980 film Melvin and Howard did not have a wide release, but received widespread critical acclaim, and led… read more
Words cannot describe how much I love Jonathan Demme. One of the most underrated and unique storytellers of American cinema. His brilliance may not smack you in the face initially but once you look at the details in his movies it becomes hard not to fall in love with him. His visual style, use of colour and music is just so offbeat and quirky in a truly heartwarming way. One of the very best out there.
almost everything he did up until (and including) TSotL was a masterstroke, the work of genius. he was so in tune with the american working class rhythms, his satire was fresh and mocking, he presented a very intelligent take on feminism, and he possessed a totally innate, and charming, pop art sensibility. i'd love to see the director's cut of swing shift.