Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★½

There are two kinds of avant-garde musicians. There are those who take their art so deadly seriously that they refuse to do anything to entertain the crowd beyond a straight-forward delivery of their songs. Then there's David Byrne who will dance with a lamp to keep you amused.

I get the hype now. I only knew a handful of Talking Heads songs going in, but this may be my new favorite concert film. The concert itself is expertly structured for maximum impact and the direction by Demme suits it perfectly. I especially appreciated how the audience is barely glimpsed until the end of the performance when the house lights come up and they become part of the show. Every member of the band looks like they're having a great time and I had one as well.

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