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Stop Making Sense

Released 1984
Distributor Cinecom Pictures

Jonathan Demme’s 1984 film documenting Talking Heads’ three night stand at the Hollywood Pantages is one of the great concert films of all time. Thanks to Heads frontman David Byrne’s ingenious staging, the film works in a narrative vein as well, beginning with Byrne alone on the stage fidgeting through the schizo rhythms of Psycho Killer and ending with the introverted singer transformed into a total party animal, speed-jogging around the stage to Life During Wartime. Demme’s direction is simple yet elegant and the camera always seems to be in exactly the right place. One of the most joyful movies ever made, be sure to see (and hear) it with a proper sound system.

About Allan Arkush

A record collector and film buff from his early days, Allan Arkush brought his two loves together in directing the cult classic Rock ‘n’ Roll High School. Allan’s day job is directing and executive producing television series like Heroes, The Client List and Crossing Jordan.  He has also directed episodes of Ally McBeal, Moonlighting and many other tv series as well as the mini-series, The Temptations, for which he won an Emmy. He wishes that someone would release his 1997 Showtime movie Elvis Meets Nixon on DVD.