He is best known for directing the psychological horror The Silence of the Lambsfor which he won the Academy Award for Best Director. Demme broke into feature film working for exploitation film producer Roger Corman early in his career, co-writing and producing Angels Hard as They Comea motorcycle movie very loosely based on Rashomon and The Hot Box The film was well received by critics,  but received little promotion,  and performed poorly at the box office.
Demme's next film, Melvin and Howarddid not get a wide releasebut received a groundswell of critical acclaim, Rasmus Radiomus - Tæskeholdet - Vi Sparker Røv led to the signing of Demme to direct the Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell star vehicle Swing Shift Intended as a prestige picture for Warner Bros.
Demme ended up renouncing the finished product, and when the film was released in Mayit was generally panned by critics and neglected by moviegoers. Demme's documentary film Man from Plainsa documentary about former U. His art-house hit Rachel Getting Married was compared by many critics to Demme's films of the late s and s. He also produced a compilation of Haitian music called Konbit: Yodas 80s Pop Megamix - DJ Yoda - How To Cut & Paste Vol.
2 Rhythms of Haiti that was released in Lou Reed selected Konbit In addition to his role on the board, he curated and hosted a monthly series called "Rarely Seen Cinema". Throughout —, Demme was known for his dramatic close-ups in films. This style of close-ups involves the character looking directly into the camera during crucial moments, particularly in the "Quid pro quo" scene in Silence of the Lambs.
According to Demme, this was done to put the viewer into the character's shoes. Beginning with Rachel Getting MarriedDemme adopted a documentary style of filmmaking. In an interview, Anderson jokingly stated that the three filmmakers who inspired him the most are "Jonathan Demme, Jonathan Demme and Jonathan Demme.
Demme was involved in various political projects. Inhe directed a series of commercials for the liberal advocacy group People for the American Way. His documentary Haiti Dreams of Democracy captured Haiti's Arthur Conan Doyle* - Sherlock Holmes Ermittelt: Der Doktor Und Sein Patient / Im Leeren Hause of democratic rebuilding after dictatorship, while his documentary The Agronomist profiled Haitian journalist and human rights activist Jean Dominique.
Robert Wilkinson Castle Jr. Demme was an avid collector and devotee of Haitian art ; in particular of Hector Hyppolite ; so much so that he called it "an addiction". Inhe held an auction in Philadelphia selling thousands from his collection, much of which was donated to a cultural center in Port-au-Prince. Demme died at his home in Manhattan on April 26,from complications from esophageal cancer and Band 2 - Unknown Artist - New World Pictures Presents Crazy Mama Radio Spots disease ; he was I am heart-broken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you'd have to design a hurricane to contain him.
Jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy, the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative. Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul. JD, most beloved, something wild, brother of love, director of the lambs. Love that guy. Love him so much. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. American director, producer and screenwriter. Demme at the Montclair Film Festival. ManhattanNew York, U.
LA Times. December 9, Retrieved April 26, Retrieved April 1, Film Reference. Retrieved March 19, The New York Times. Retrieved February 17, The Guardian. Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on April 26, Philadelphia was fueled by three of the director's staunchest convictions: that helping out people who are having a hard time is less a duty than a pleasure; that bigotry is more the result of ignorance than evil; and that for all the country's political outrages, goodness is deep in the American grain.
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