Offscreen Notes

Jonathan Demme (1944-2017)

April 27th, 2017

American director Jonathan Demme is dead at age 73, after a two year struggle with cancer. Like his colleague Martin Scorsese, Demme split his film career between making fiction films with a social heart and music documentaries and concerts. He will always be best remembered for his masterpiece Silence of the Lambs, which saw him squeeze out of Anthony Hopkins one of the most disturbing portrayals of evil hiding behind a veneer of sophistication. Read Bruce Weber’s obit on the NYTimes:

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