Stop Making Sense review

Silence Of The Lambs director Jonathan Demme's 1984 film of Talking Heads in performance, now re-released, is one of the best performance movies ever made - - right up there with Scorsese's The Last Waltz. The skill of Demme's approach lies in its simplicity: while ensuring plenty of coverage, he leaves the artistry to the extraordinary David Byrne and his band.

From the magical opening - - when Byrne walks onto the stage alone to play an acoustic version of Psycho Killer, through the heavenly Heaven, and the wired Once In A Lifetime - - the emphasis is on Byrne's eccentricity allied with the kinetic energy of the music, enhanced by little more than imaginative lighting.

Demme eschews banal audience shots and gazes in awe at the stage - - as do we.

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