Stop Making Sense
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Stop Making Sense was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director's subject is The Talking Heads, a new-wave/pop-rock group comprised of David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. The film was made during a three-day concert gig at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. What emerges on screen says as much about director Demme's taste and sensitivity as it does about the group and its visionary leader Byrne. Though some of the material in Stop Making Sense overlaps with the Talking Heads' earlier concert film The Name of This… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 97%

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"Like Talking Heads itself, Jonathan Demme's landmark 1984 film is accessible and arty. In less skilled hands, it would simply feel alien and cold, not vibrantly and enthrallingly alive."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"This ain't no disco, but it is a party."
‑ Thomas Delapa, Boulder Weekly
"Decent, as concert films go. Being a huge TH fan helps. Byrne's oversized suit good for a chuckle."
‑ Brian Mckay,
"a powerful musical experience because the filmmakers have such utter confidence in the material that there is no need to dress it up"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"A movie that was conceived for the cinema."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's all so precise even as it is totally loopy, and the music pressed up in our face so urgently and enticingly, that the movie is as close to perfect as it gets."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"One of the best concert movies ever."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Even at its least effective, the film animates one's foot to tap unknowingly for eighty-eight minutes."
‑ Rumsey Taylor, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"This is an uplifting movie in the truest, most basic sense -- it just puts you in a good mood."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"a decade and a half later, the music and brash presence of creative genius still byrne down the house."
‑ Ross Anthony, Hollywood Report Card
"Stop Making Sense is a concert film with a narrative, bursting at the seams with bits of invention and passion."
‑ Chuck Bowen, Slant Magazine
"...the greatest concert film ever made"
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Es nostalgia ochentera de antología. Puro, total y absoluto rock & roll."
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"A distinct collaboration between Demme and the band, it hits with equal force on visual and aural fronts."
‑ Chuck Rudolph, Matinee Magazine
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