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This legendary Talking Heads performance, as captured by director Jonathan Demme, still stands as one of the greatest concert films of all time. 1984/color/99 min/NR.
Over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December 1983, filmmaker Jonathan Demme joined creative forces with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth and Talking Heads... and miracles occurred. Following a staging concept by singer-guitarist David Byrne, this euphoric concert film transcends that all-too-limited genre to become the greatest film of its kind. A guaranteed cure for anyone's blues, it's a celebration of music that never grows old, fueled by the polyrhythmic pop-funk precision that was a Talking Heads trademark, and lit from within by the geeky supernova that is David Byrne.
The staging--and Demme's filming of it--builds toward an orgasmic release of music, rising from the bare-stage simplicity of Byrne, accompanied only by a boom box on "Psycho Killer," to the ecstatic crescendo of "Burning Down the House," by which time the Heads and additional personnel have all arrived on stage for a performance that seems channeled from heaven for the purpose of universal uplift. (God bless Demme for avoiding shots of the luckiest audience in '80s pop history; its presence is acknowledged, but not at the viewer's expense.) With the deliriously eccentric Byrne as ringleader (pausing mid-concert to emerge in his now-legendary oversized suit), this circus of musical pleasure defies the futility of reductive description; it begs to be experienced, felt in the heart, head, and bones, and held there the way we hold on to cherished memories. On those three nights in December 1983, Talking Heads gave love, life, and joy in generous amounts that years cannot erode, and Demme captured this act of creative goodwill on film with minimalist artistic perfection. Stop Making Sense is an invitation to pleasure that will never wear out its welcome. --Jeff Shannon
Awesome entertaining concert movie without all those annoying shots of the adoring audience. One of the best concert movies.Published 8 days ago by RonboMartoon
Great movie but the Blu-ray sound that goes to my Sony 5.1 receiver is not in sync. Works great directly to the TV but not the receiver.Published 1 month ago by Wayne A. Depaoli
Any fan of Talking Heads will find this an incredible feat of live musical performance! David Byrne really created something unique and charming here. Very glad I bought it.Published 1 month ago by Burgher King
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Region listed is A/1 which means it should play on American players. I'm referring to the blu ray. I purchased it and it will not play
Jun 30, 2015 by Michael Conway | See all 2 posts
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