Jodie Foster's Tribute To Director Jonathan Demme Is The Ultimate Hat Tip


As sleekly executed as it was frightening, the movie starred Anthony Hopkins as Chianti-loving cannibal Lecter aiding an Federal Bureau of Investigation trainee (Jodie Foster) in hunting down another serial killer. The Silence Of The Lambs (1991), a thriller based on the novel by Thomas Harris, earned five Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director.

"We mourn the passing of Jonathan Demme", series creators Gina Prince-Bythewood and Reggie Rock Bythewood said in a statement provided to Deadline. But they're directed with a filmmaker's eye and a humanist's heart.

A few working Hollywood directors still possess his versatility and nearly none of them have his pageant of bringing to live drama, suspense and romance with equal enthusiasm. Timberlake, a passionate fan of 1984's "Stop Making Sense", sought out Demme to direct it.

TALKING HEADS: (Singing) This ain't no party. Along with his concert docs, these city movies made Demme a favorite of critics and art nerds.

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The late filmmaker spent almost 14 years working at the Jacob Burns Film Center in Pleasantville as a curator. It was always going to be a tough sell, even with Oprah Winfrey as the star: Morrison + slavery + child murder + baby-voiced ghost (played by Thandie Newton) doesn't exactly beckon audiences to the multiplex. But Demme's interest in telling complex, human stories meant something more to the queer community. His influence runs deep; PT Anderson has cited him as one of his biggest stylistic influences, while Wes Anderson termed Demme's trademark close-ups "the greatest".

ULABY: Demme would go on to establish himself as one of Hollywood's more socially aware filmmakers in 1993 with the movie "Philadelphia".

Tim Robbins remembered him as "a lovely man, a great director and a kind soul", while Robbins' former partner Susan Sarandon said she was "devastated".

"We wanted to reach the people who couldn't care less about people with Aids". During the course of filming I learned he was the director of the my favorite video on MTV - for the song "Sun City".

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The Academy Award-winning movie director - who helmed hits such as "The Silence of the Lambs" and "Philadelphia" - died aged 73 on Wednesday (04.26.17) and Anne, who starred in his 2008 film "Rachel Getting Married", has written her own tribute to the movie-maker on the photo-sharing website.

The film is an unprecedented in so many ways. Clad in Jamaica-hued garb, standing in the doorway of a downtown building now no doubt long lost to gentrification, Sister Carol frankly engages Demme's lens as the closing credits roll, returning the movie from its more harrowing aspects to the sheer necessity of everyday joy.

FOSTER: (As Clarice Starling) Dr. Lecter, my name is Clarice Starling. While the news media will be reporting the death of a great filmmaker, an Academy Award victor, a prolific and powerful documenter of life, those of us here in Nyack will mourn the loss of one of the most wonderful neighbors a community could ask for.

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