Jonathan Demme Passes at 73

By Staff

Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of such films as The Silence of the Lambs, has passed at the age of 73.

Demme had strong ties to music, he directed the Talking Heads’ iconic 1984 concert film Stop Making Sense. He also worked on multiple projects with Neil Young, directed Bruce Springsteen’s “Streets of Philadelphia” music video (he also directed the film Philadelphia), and recently helmed Justin Timberlake’s concert film The 20/20 Experience.

“Demme understood how to capture music on film in a way that kept the heart and the energy intact,” Kenny Chesney told Rolling Stone. “I learned so much watching him work when he shot our show in Wildwood, New Jersey, about songs I already knew – and his love for how music looks when it’s being played live has stayed with me.”

“You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe,” Justin Timberlake wrote. “You made me better at my craft. And, the time I spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me. You are truly irreplaceable. I will miss you so dearly, my sweet friend. I hope we meet again someday. I love you.”

Steven Van Zandt wrote “Jonathan Demme. One of our great filmmakers one of the most beautiful souls on the planet. Another magical irreplaceable friend gone.”

Demme passed this morning as a result of complications due to heart disease and esophageal cancer.


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