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â€śHas there ever been a live concert film as vibrant or as brilliantly realized? I don't think so. That's a tribute to the Talking Heads and their infectious music -- and a measure of Jonathan Demme's skill, intelligence and generosity as a filmmaker.â€ť - Edward Guthman, San Francisco Chronicle
Make way for the return of The Big Suit! Stop Making Sense marks the perfect combo of filmmaker and band as Jonathan Demme captures on film the singular magic of the Talking Heads in what is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock concert films ever made. Shot over the course of three action-packed nights at Hollywood's historic Pantages Theater in December 1983, as the group was touring to promote their new album Speaking in Tongues, Stop Making Sense brilliantly captures the legendary Talking Heads at the height of their funky/punky/new wave power, and today, almost 30 years after its original release, the film has lost none of its rhythmic power and charisma, remaining a rich model of what a music film can (and should) be. Flaunting David Byrneâ€™s famous â€śBig Suitâ€ť - in which the geek-ish singer cavorts like a 12-year-old caught in his dadâ€™s work clothes - the film reels from bright, funk-influenced danceables (â€śLife During Wartime,â€ť â€śTake Me to the Riverâ€ť) to austere and atmospheric numbers such as the moving â€śHeavenâ€ť and the kinky â€śPsycho Killer.â€ť Director Demme (coming off the Oscar-winning success of Melvin and Howard) generously allows his roaming camera to focus on the stage action, blissfully swimming amongst the band members - Talking Heads Jerry Harrison, Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth and David Byrne, along with Parliament/Funkadelic keyboardist Bernie Worrell, percussionist Steve Scales and vocalists Lynn Mabry and Ednah Holt - and never forgetting that a concert film should be about the music, nothing more and nothing less. What emerges is a thrilling blast of pure pop bliss, and what ends up on screen says as much about the directorâ€™s impeccable instincts as it does about the rocking music of The Talking Heads themselves. (Dir. by Jonathan Demme, 1984, USA, 88 mins., Not Rated) 35mm