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Stop Making Sense

Rating:No Rating
Genre:Documentary
Release Date:September 17, 1999
Running time:88 minutes
Cast:Alex Weir, Tina Weymouth, David Byrne, Chris Frantz, Jerry Harrison
Director:Jonathan Demme
Producer:Gary Goetzman
Distributor:Palm Pictures

Description: Stop Making Sense was the first feature-length documentary effort of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The director's subject is The Talking Heads, a new-wave/pop-rock group comprised of David Byrne, Chris Franz, Tina Weymouth and Jerry Harrison. The film was made during a three-day concert gig at the Pantages Theater in Hollywood. What emerges on screen says as much about director Demme's taste and sensitivity as it does about the group and its visionary leader Byrne. Though some of the material in Stop Making Sense overlaps with the Talking Heads' earlier concert film The Name of This Band is Talking Heads, one never gets the feeling of by-the-numbers repetition; the group's energy is such that it virtually explodes from the screen.~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

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