Stop Making Sense

Stop Making Sense ★★★★★

Finally made the time to take in this essential concert film, rectifying a serious blindspot, at the start of lock down. I’ve been a fan of The Talking Heads for as long as I have been a fan of music. I consider a few of their albums to be masterpieces. So my late arrival to this film is difficult to understand. I guess I was just waiting for the perfect time to discover this great film. That perfect time was the beginning of lockdown, in March. Since then I’ve revisited this concert film every time I might need a lift.

The build up is extraordinary; from the singular David Byrne to the eventual jubilant, packed stage filled with a diverse group of musicians. Director, Jonathan Demme, does a great job of putting the viewer in the middle of the action. The beautiful, straight on, wide shots of the entire stage. This is just the film I needed and continue to need to placate this feeling of isolation.

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