Jonathan Demme 1944 - 2017

Written by Andrew Pollard Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Movie News

In some sad news this evening, it’s been reported that Jonathan Demme has passed away at the age of 73 after battling esophageal cancer and heart disease.

Demme, of course, is instantly remembered by most genre fans for directing the 1991 classic, The Silence of the Lambs. When the 1992 Oscars rolled around, Demme took home the Best Director gong for the film, while Anthony Hopkins won Best Actor, Jodie Foster won Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Picture were also awarded to the film. In Silence of the Lambs winning Best Picture, that marked the first (and still only!) time that a horror movie grabbed that particular award.

In a career that began back in the 1970s, Demme also directed the likes of Caged Heat, Crazy Mama, PhiladelphiaThe Manchurian Candidate and most recently Ricki and the Flash in 2015, not to mention working with various musicians ranging from Bruce Springsteen, to Neil Young, to New Order, to Talking Heads, to Justin Timberlake.

The thoughts of all here at STARBURST go out to the family, friends and fans of this hugely talented director.

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