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1,198 Ratings

Stop Making Sense

Directed by Jonathan Demme
United States, 1984
Musical, Documentary


An innovative concert movie for the rock group Talking Heads, building from an empty stage into a barnstormer of futuristic new wave funk.

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Stop Making Sense Directed by Jonathan Demme
Jonathan Demme’s blissful 1984 concert film is itself a navigation of competing impulses, artistic identities, and visual expressions. Beginning with an acoustic rendition of “Psycho Killer,” the brazenly expressive and joyous documentary evolves several times, adding and layering musicians, instruments, backdrops to fully realize what becomes an untethering of limitation and expectation.
December 31, 2017
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How did Stop Making Sense (1984) become one of the greatest rock docs ever? Because Demme, generous soul that he was, saw no need to assert his own sensibility over the material, opting to stay true to the vision of David Byrne and the Talking Heads… I can’t help but sense Demme’s presence behind the film’s overwhelming energy and dazzling technique.
April 28, 2017
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Everything novel becomes old given enough time, but it’s a testament to the iconoclasm and shock-of-the-new impact of Demme’s brilliant Talking Heads concert doc, “Stop Making Sense” that after three decades it hasn’t dated, but rather become a landmark in the redefinition of an often undervalued genre.
April 27, 2017
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