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With: David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth
Written by: Jonathan Demme, Talking Heads
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Running Time: 88
Date: 04/24/1984

Stop Making Sense (1984)

4 Stars (out of 4)

What a Day That Was

By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Believe it or not, although this classic concert movie is only 15 years old, it was considered a "lost" film. So here it is, at the San Francisco International Film Festival, "found" again and restored to better than before with digital sound. Martin Scorsese made the concert film into an art with The Last Waltz, but director Jonathan Demme did him one better by boiling Stop Making Sense down to the bare essence. From the moment that David Byrne walks out on the bare stage alone with a boom box ("I have a tape I wanna play for you") to the triumphant ending, we have a movie that was conceived for the cinema. There are barely any audience shots, and few frills on stage. Then there's the center of the movie, the Talking Heads, one of the great oddball bands, and their wonderful, wonderful music.

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