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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Remembering Jonathan Demme and His Films

Jonathan Demme, who died Wednesday at age 73, directed many films, and to celebrate his life and career, I'm featuring 15 of them (in chronological order):

His directorial debut (which he also wrote) was Caged Heat (1974) starring Erica Gavin and Barbara Steele.

Crazy Mama (1975) starring Cloris Leachman, Ann Sothern and Linda Purl

Last Embrace (1979) starring Roy Scheider, Janet Margolin and Christopher Walken

Melvin and Howard (1980) starring Paul Le Mat, Jason Robards and Mary Steenburgen

Swing Shift (1984) starring Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell

Stop Making Sense (1984), a concert film featuring a live performance by Talking Heads

Something Wild (1986) starring Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels and Ray Liotta

Married to the Mob (1988) starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Matthew Modine

He won the Academy Award for Best Director for The Silence of the Lambs (1991) starring Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins.

Philadelphia (1993) starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington

Beloved (1998) starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover and Thandie Newton

The Truth About Charlie (2002) starring Mark Wahlberg and Thandie Newton

The Manchurian Candidate (2004) starring Denzel Washington, Meryl Streep and Liev Schreiber

Rachel Getting Married (2008) starring Anne Hathaway and Debra Winger

Ricki and the Flash (2015) starring Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer and Rick Springfield

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