Gary Cruise’s review published on Letterboxd:
Stop Making Sense is an innovative concert movie for the rock group The Talking Heads.
Jonathan Demme, director of The Silence of the Lambs, and Talking Heads, one of the greatest post-punk bands of all time, join together to create one of the greatest concert films of all time. Everything about this movie is perfect, it’s a masterclass in editing and has so much gorgeous cinematography which is hardly surprising considering they had the cinematographer of Blade Runner on board. The entire concept of building the band up gradually as the set goes on is genius and the use of props and stunning backdrops only adds further to the genius of it all.
Right from the iconic opening minutes of David Byrne performing Psycho Killer on his own until the final seconds of Crosseyed and Painless, this entire concert feels so theatrical and so engaging, making you feel as though you’re actually there with the audience which in turn makes this the closest thing you can get to actually attending a Talking Heads gig. The setlist is perfection and shows off just how great of a band they really were by boasting 16 of their best songs in such a quick and non-interrupted fashion that only adds to how captivating it is.
Overall, Stop Making Sense is both a perfect showcase of how great a filmmaker Jonathan Demme is and a perfect showcase of how phenomenal of a band Talking Heads were. By far the greatest concert film of all time.
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