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Stop Making Sense (1984)

Cast: Bernie Worrell, Bernie Worrell, Bernie Worrel, more...
Director: Jonathan Demme, Jonathan Demme
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Palm Pictures
Genre: Documentary, Music, Music Videos/Performance, Documentary, Music
Running Time: 99 min.
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Stop Making Sense was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director's subject is The Talking Heads, a new-wave/pop-rock group comprised of David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. The film was made during a three-day concert gig at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. What emerges on screen says as much about director Demme's taste and sensitivity as it does about the group and its visionary leader Byrne. Though some of the material in Stop Making Sense overlaps with the Talking Heads' earlier concert film The Name of This Band is Talking Heads, one never gets the feeling of by-the-numbers repetition; the group's energy is such that it virtually explodes from the screen. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Great band and music by garkell October 10, 2004 - 4:47 PM PDT
3 out of 5 members found this review helpful
Only reason I give it a seven is because I compare it to The Last Waltz. This was not as good in either sound or in the film's quality.
The Talking Heads are brilliant and I have much more appreciation for their body of work (before, during and since) having seen them in this film. I never saw them live. Too bad for me.

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(Average 8.27)
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