Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★½

I dare you to find a filmed concert experience as exuberantly full of life as Stop Making Sense. David Byrne and the rest of the Talking Heads crew leave everything on the stage in this concert filmed and directed by Jonathan Demme.

If you aren’t already a fan of Talking Heads you may very well be at the conclusion of this experience. Byrne is the perfect combination of talent and quirk which hold the whole thing in place while the steady and unobtrusive direction of Demme creates a captured moment in time from 1984. 

In fact, there are flashes of Demme’s style which appear in his later films, such as The Silence of the Lambs which seem to take shape here for the first time. Which seems like an odd thing to observe during a filmed concert experience but believe me when I say, this transcends the genre and becomes almost like a David Lynch movie. It’s mesmerizing in its energy. I have no clue how this entire band didn’t have a heart attack by the end. It could power a whole city block. 

Just. Wow.

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