Thursday, April 27, 2017

Jonathan Demme, 1944-2017

The death has been announced of Oscar-winning director Jonathan Demme. Demme, who won for directing Silence of the Lambs, was 73.

Directing Silence of the Lambs obviously means that Demme directed a couple of actors there to Oscar wins, since the movie took all the big awards that year. But Demme directed other stars to Oscar wins as well. I think the first was Mary Steenburgen in Melvin and Howard, a movie about Howard Hughes' controversial will and the people around Hughes at the end of his life. That came about a decade before Silence of the Lambs.

A couple of years after Silence of the Lambs, Demme directed Tom Hanks to the first of his Oscar wins in Philadelphia, although the less said about that movie the better since I find it terrible: it makes Guess Who's Coming to Dinner look subtle.

I wonder if Demme would have been offended if we celebrated his life with some fava beans and a nice chianti.

1 comment:

Birgit said...

A nice tribute to a director who deserves some more accolades. I actually like Guess Who's Coming to Dinner because I think of the times in which it was made. I liked how Hepburn's character dealt with that one woman. I was not a lover either of Philadelphia