Top Most Essential Jonathan Demme Movies

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Melvin and Howard: Meet down-on-his-luck Melvin Dummar (Paul Le Mat), a man who has suffered various indignities.

Married to the Mob: Mention the Mafia, and most folks immediately pictured the impeccably dressed capos and killers from The Godfather.

Swimming to Cambodia: Demme not only exposed America to Spalding Gray’s unique blend of storytelling, stand-up, journalism.

Citizen’s Band: You can almost hear the pitch: “Jonathan, these CB radios are the rage with the kids! Give us a movie.

Cousin Bobby: Folks have paid a lot of lip service (and rightfully so) to Demme’s chops as concert-movie director.

The Silence of the Lambs: Demme’s ticket to horror-movie immortality, and a well-deserved one at that. This iconic thriller about an FBI.

Stop Making Sense: The Talking Heads had completely deconstructed the rock concert on their 1983 tour: punk expats using.

Caged Heat: Like a lot of filmmakers from his generation, Demme got his start with King of the B’s Roger Corman.

Last Embrace: Long before he’d put Clarice Starling through her paces, Demme tried his hand at a Hitchcockian.

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