“One of the greatest rock movies ever made.” – Leonard Maltin
“A dose of happiness from beginning to end. Stop Making Senseis close to perfection.” – Pauline Kael, New Yorker Magazine
Energetic, iconic, and universally acclaimed as one of the greatest concert films ever made, Jonathan Demme’s reverent Stop Making Sense captures the kinetic groove of pop-punk-avant-garde band Talking Heads (David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison) at the height of their considerable live performance powers, channeling postmodern eclectic funk constructed over undeniably danceable African polyrhythms. Shot at the historic Hollywood Pantages Theatre over four nights in 1983, Demme’s first feature-length documentary effort showcases the band performing fan favorites such as Burning Down the House, Psycho Killer, Life During Wartime, Once in a Lifetime, Take Me to the River, Girlfriend is Better (featuring the famous “big suit”), and many more, including an appearance by Frantz and Weymouth’s successful side project Tom Tom Club performing Genius of Love. This dynamic piece of rock theater pioneered the use of 24-track digital sound recording, producing one of the clearest mixes of its time, remixed and re-mastered by Palm Pictures in 1999 with the newest state-of-the-art Dolby technology. Don’t miss this exhilarating, exuberant musical masterpiece on the big screen! Director Jonathan Demme (US 1984) 99 min.
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