Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★½

Saw this before but never logged it...

David Byrne and Jon Demme are two guys whom I respect quite a bit; the former for Speaking in Tongues and the latter for Silence of the Lambs.

Put 'em both together and whaddya get? A wildly inventive and kinetic concert-film experience. Most concert films are from the fly-on-the-wall perspective, Stop Making Sense is quite self aware of its filmed concert status and knowingly leans into such. Rather than sitting in the audience or at stage right, Demme kinetically captures a shifting mise-en-scene; that which is placed upon the stage grows and changes with the music.

What's absolutely wild is the total abdication of any hint of an auteur's signature; Demme wants us entrenched in not only the set and gig, but with the band; Byrne amplifies his bandmates and what they bring to the larger sound to create a paradoxical musical tapestry. The rigid, robotic Byrne and his future sounds, as well ordered and rhythmic, produce a human effect I typically ascribe to improvisational, free spirited music... some have named: dance.

I could go on and on about all the little nuances, the set list, the dance moves...do yourself a favor if you fancy New Wave sounds and check this out...meanwhile I'll just zip over to Spotify and turn on True Stories or Speaking in Tongues 👅 🤔 🤷

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