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  • Dir. Jonathan Demme
  • USA
  • 1984
  • 88 min.
  • PG
  • New 4K Restoration
  • Assistive Listening
  • Closed Captioning
  • Descriptive Audio
  • Hearing Loop

Newly restored in 4K to coincide with its 40th anniversary, the 1984 film was directed by renowned filmmaker Jonathan Demme and is considered by critics as the greatest concert film of all time. STOP MAKING SENSE stars core band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz and Jerry Harrison along with Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry and Edna Holt. The live performance was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood’s Pantages Theater in December of 1983 and features Talking Heads’ most memorable songs.

“In some ways it’s the perfect expression of Demme’s career-long fascination with the building of communities and with performing troupes as families (and vice versa). The director’s love of people and performers radiates from the film, and he caught the band at its joyous peak, from frontman David Byrne’s mesmerizing solo entrance to ‘Psycho Killer’ to his big-suit romp through ‘Swamp’ to a chill-raising ‘Once in a Lifetime.’” —Jim Ridley, Nashville Scene (2014)

“STOP MAKING SENSE owes very little to the rock film-making formulas of the past. It may well help inspire those of the future.” —Janet Maslin, New York Times (1984)

“...Not one of the countless concerts filmed in the years since ever captured a band's energy quite like Jonathan Demme did in his seminal film.” —Angela Watercutter, Wired

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