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How David Byrne Collaborated with Jonathan Demme on 'Stop Making Sense' (VIDEO)

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood August 25, 2014 at 3:21PM

Talking Heads' David Byrne presented the restored music documentary of the legendary performances in "Stop Making Sense" at Lincoln Center last week and submitted to a Q & A. In the clip below, he talks about how he and director Jonathan Demme collaborated on bringing the stage show to the screen with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth.
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David Byrne
David Byrne

Talking Heads' David Byrne presented the 30th anniversary digitally restored 1984 music documentary of the legendary performances in "Stop Making Sense" at Lincoln Center last week and submitted to a Q & A. In the clip below, he talks about how he and director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") collaborated on bringing the stage show to the screen with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth, and where some of the ideas behind the show came from--mostly the indie downtown arts scene of the period. 

"Stop Making Sense" remains one of the great concert docs of all time. I may think that because I was there! But I'm not the only one who reveres it: Leonard Maltin calls the film “one of the greatest rock movies ever made” and The New Yorker says it's “close to perfection.”

Watch a montage from the film below.


This article is related to: Jonathan Demme, Stop Making Sense, Documentary, Documentaries, Video, Video


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.