Talking Heads in Stop Making Sense
Dir. Jonathan Demme. 1984, 88 mins. 35mm. With David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir. In Stop Making Sense, big-white-suited Talking Heads leader David Byrne is on the verge of something; maybe a nervous breakdown, maybe transcendence. “Don’t touch me I’m a real live wire,” he warns early on, and this might as well serve as the description for the entire film.Each song contains an electrical pulse that passes from one moment to the next, building upon its own momentum until the entire performance lifts off the ground and vibrates on a frenetic, exuberantly joyful frequency captured beautifully by music-enthusiast director Jonathan Demme and a team of ace cinematographers led by Jordan Cronenweth.
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