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Stop Making Sense1984

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Time Left
  • 4.7
Universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made, Jonathan Demme's extraordinary documentary captures the groundbreaking Talking Heads in performance at their peak.

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"...created a space where people who out of frame might be ready to kill each other come together onstage in an intensely focused temporary community—stagehands included—to make something they love together." - Ella Taylor, Keyframe


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What can really be said about this? The Talking Heads are way better than anyone remembers, and they are a great subject to a documentary film. If Demme picked another band or musician that was really film-able in 1984, the only other option would have been Prince, and we all have have heard stories about what he's like to work with. As it is, the Talking Heads make the most of the attention. David Byrne and co put on a timeless performance, and "Stop Making Sense" really makes you wonder why they aren't as remembered as they should be.

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What can really be said about this? The Talking Heads are way better than anyone remembers, and they are a great subject to a documentary film. If Demme picked another band or musician that was really film-able in 1984, the only other option would have been Prince, and we all have have heard stories about what he's like to work with. As it is, the Talking Heads make the most of the attention. David Byrne and co put on a timeless performance, and "Stop Making Sense" really makes you wonder why they aren't as remembered as they should be.

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music is great if you love the talking heads check it out_Byrne is brilliant_the film isn't amazing

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In Stop Making Sense Jonathan Demme brilliantly captured the polyrythmic, Afro-centric sound Talking Heads had developed by their fifth album, Speaking In Tongues. It was the last tour they ever did.

The film captures a real performance, but not as the audience would have seen it. The cameras highlight David Byrne's funny and disarming mix of fluid and spasmodic body motions and pick up the band members' obvious delight in being so in groove with each other. This movie never fails to make me feel the unbridled joy of a great live concert. Like all great shows, you never want it to ever end.

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ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL!!!

SAW IT MANY YEARS AGO AND LOVED IT!

SAW IT AGAIN TONIGHT

& LOVED IT AGAIN

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Had to see if it was as rockin' as I remembered on its release. Answer: yes. It's all in the rhythm section. Amazing, joyful. I remember it as more polished and theatrical, but actually it's put together fairly roughly.

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One of the finest concert films of all time, and so unique at capturing the very essence of the Talking Heads. The film is a powerful musical experience, mainly so, because the filmmakers have such utter confidence in the material, and the artists, that there is no need to dress it up. The Talking Head Live with no special effects, no gimmicks, a wonderful film all around, loved it.

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high. high...HIGH...HIGH...HIGH!!

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What a great band!

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NON PLUS ULTRA

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Best rock concert movie ever.

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What a workout! A great rock film if not the best. I can not believe it is from 1984! Kudos!

Absolutely love!!! Makes me wish I was born in this era :~(

Born in 1974 I was only ten when this film came out so I guess that gives me an excuse for not having seen it in the theater...but not seeing it until I was 44...what a mistake. Better late than never. Such an amazing film, filmmaker and band. Wow.

David Byrne's giant 80's yuppie suit made it hip to be square.

Delightfully weird! Even non-ardent could enjoy this.

Love these musicians ! Great Sound / great camera work. A classic music performance.

Fun; fun rhythm; fun, frantic dancing; rhythm, rhythm, rhythm.

A perfect music movie. The visuals, the songs, the musicians and the musicianship and David Byrne at his best.

Ranks up there with The Last Waltz as one of the greatest rock concerts ever caught on film. Talking Heads at their peak, full of youthful energy and wild theatrical ideas. This became a midnight show for art house theaters that lasted a decade or more.

Genius… Amazing… Spectacular!!!