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Stop Making Sense

This screening took place on
Thursday, July 5, 2012 at 9:00pm
Atlin

David Byrne walks onto a bare stage with a ghetto blaster and a guitar and proceeds to play a solo version of Psycho Killer. Jerry Harrison, Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz join him for two more songs. The crew works busily around them, setting up the instruments and set dressing. Then, three more musicians and two back-up singers join the band. Everybody sings, plays, harmonizes, dances, and runs. They change instruments and clothes. Bryne appears in the Big Suit. The backdrop is often black, but sometimes it displays words, images, or children’s drawings. The band cooks for 18 songs, the lyrics are clear, the house rocks. In this often-cited as “one of the best concert films ever,” the Talking Heads hardly talk, don’t stop, and always make sense.

  • Directed by Jonathan Demme
  • 1984, USA
  • 88 minutes

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