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Stop Making Sense

Say something once, why say it again?
04 February 2021

Jonathan Demme films Talking Heads in concert.

David Byrne walks onstage, alone and anxious. Song by song a band assembles around him, then a set. What follows is an explosion of joy, energy, collaboration and artistry.

It’s lit and shot like a scripted Hollywood movie yet somehow they pulled it off in front of an audience, capturing the little organic moments that happen on stage. This group of people seem to exist on their own plane and Jonathan Demme is the bridge between the band and us mere mortals.

A spellbinding piece of work.