Stop Making Sense
Directed by Jonathan Demme. (1984, NR, 88 min.)
REVIEWED By Marjorie Baumgarten, Thu., Aug. 19, 1999
The 15th anniversary is as good an idea as any to release this Jonathan Demme/Talking Heads performance documentary that is one of the very best rock & roll films ever made. A real creative collaboration between the band and the filmmakers makes this an exquisitely conceived and rendered show as the experience builds from its elemental rays of light and sound to an all-out extravaganza for the senses. New prints were struck for this anniversary re-release and the sound was digitally remixed and remastered. This is the one which features David Byrne in the big white suit and such keepers as "Psycho Killer," "Burnin' Down the House," and "Take Me to the River" – to name but a meager few.