Stop Making Sense 40th Anniversary | IFI@Belltable - Lime Tree Theatre

Stop Making Sense 40th Anniversary | IFI@Belltable

Jonathan Demme | USA | 1984 | 88 mins

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Stop Making Sense, re-released in 4K digital to mark its fortieth anniversary, was filmed during their 1983 American tour, at the height of Talking Heads critical and commercial appeal.

Stop Making Sense 40th Anniversary | IFI@Belltable

Stop Making Sense

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The band came to prominence in late-1970s New York when, together with acts like Television and Patti Smith, were at the forefront of the city’s art-rock scene. The pairing of director Jonathan Demme and David Byrne proved inspired, culminating in what has often been hailed as the best concert movie ever made, that Pauline Kael called ‘a dose of happiness from beginning to end’.

Demme’s refusal to show audience reaction until late in the performance creates an immersive experience for the viewer as both the stage set and the band are gradually constructed around Byrne following his shy opening announcement, ‘I’ve got a tape I wanna play’.

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