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Music, Neil Young Journeys: The Artist and the Director Discuss Their Third Film

Neil Young Journeys: The Artist and the Director Discuss Their Third Film

Not to knock films as fantastic as his Rachel Getting Married, The Silence of the Lambs, and Something Wild, but there's something wilder — or at least, more directly stimulating and pure — about Jonathan Demme's live-performance docs. The 68-year-old…
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Film, "Neil Young Journeys": The Musician Commands the Room

"Neil Young Journeys": The Musician Commands the Room

Not to knock films as fantastic as his Rachel Getting Married, The Silence of the Lambs, and Something Wild, but there's something wilder-- or at least, more directly stimulating and pure-- about Jonathan Demme's live-performance docs. The 68-year-old auteur immortalized…
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Calendar, Night&Day Fatal Attractions

Fatal Attractions

Film noir, as it’s classically defined, had a circumscribed lifespan from the early postwar about-to-boom years through the late 1950s, when color films began to displace black-and-white. But the genre’s allure and influence will never wane, as anybody who’s winced…
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Film, Holiday Feast, Extra Stuffing

Holiday Feast, Extra Stuffing

Arnaud Desplechin is a cinema maximalist: A Christmas Tale feels like all 12 days of seasonal merriment and then some. This comic, ultimately touching family melodrama is a heady plum pudding of a movie, studded with outsized performances and drenched…
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Film, <i>Rachel Getting Married</i>: The other sister

Rachel Getting Married: The other sister

Those who believe Jonathan Demme went all soft with Philadelphia and never recovered may not be reassured by his latest movie, an ensemble tale of family pathology gussied up with vérité camera work, world music, and improvising actors both trained…
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Film, <i>Jimmy Carter Man from Plains</i> Just Plain Boring

Jimmy Carter Man from Plains Just Plain Boring

Jonathan Demme, who directed Tom Hanks to an Oscar as the AIDS-afflicted lawyer in Philadelphia, may be the most well-meaning filmmaker in Hollywood; Jimmy Carter, winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find…
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Film, Ch-Ch-Check It Out

Ch-Ch-Check It Out

To this point, the Beastie Boys' concert movie Awesome; I Fuckin' Shot That! has screened in only a handful of places: at the Sundance and SXSW film festivals and, last week, at multiplexes across the country during one-time-only whoop-dee-doo screenings…
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Film, Summer Camp

Summer Camp

Jonathan Demme's gutsy The Manchurian Candidate, which dares to rear its head just after the Democratic National Convention in Boston, is the anti-Bush-administration movie for those who refuse to see Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 or Robert Greenwald's Outfoxed because, well,…
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Film, Radio Free Haiti

Radio Free Haiti

Every once in a while, you encounter a person who seems to have been born under an urgent, righteous star -- a person who is both a fiery activist lit with the passion of his convictions and a dramatic storyteller…
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Culture, Stuff Blowin' Smoke

Blowin' Smoke

This is how famous Denis Leary is: He begins and ends a story by saying, "To this day, when I see Mick...," and by Mick, he means Mick Jagger. They became pals, oh, seven years back, when the Rolling Stones…
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Jonathan Demme's First Talking Heads Interview

In February 1984, I went to Los Angeles partly to interview Jonathan Demme about the trouble he'd run into on Swing Shift, a dream project that, after star-dictated re-shoots, had turned into a nightmare. (Demme's own cut had been sublime,…
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Another Day in the Life

Monologuist Spalding Gray, once astutely dubbed the WASP Woody Allen, has cobbled together a remarkably long-lived career from his own neuroses. Filmmaker Jonathan Demme made an engrossing film from Swimming to Cambodia, Gray's Obie-winning account of the minor role he…
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By the Book

Beloved Based on the novel by Toni Morrison. Directed by Jonathan Demme. Starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Thandie Newton, and Kimberly Elise. Opens Friday, Oct. 16, at the Galaxy. An honorable failure, Jonathan Demme's film of Toni Morrison's Beloved falls…
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