Rest In Peace, Jonathan Demme (1944-2017)

JONATHAN DEMME
February 22, 1944 – April 26, 2017 (age 73)
Cause of Death: Complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease

To me, director Jonathan Demme will always be the Academy Award winning director of The Silence Of The Lambs, his masterpiece. Not only did it bring the Thomas Harris novel of the same title to life, it brought one of the most thrilling horror films to the general audiences and to the Academy’s attention, which was unheard of, even at that time. Although I’ve missed most of his work, I did happen to catch Rachel Getting Married, starring Anne Hathaway, and have always meant to catch Philadelphia, probably his second biggest known work, starring Tom Hanks and Denzel Washington. He also worked again with Denzel in the remake of The Manchurian Candidate, another film I had always meant to see. He was also big into directing musician biopics and documentaries. His final narrative feature film was one that I worked on the advertising for, starring Meryl Streep, titled Ricki And The Flash, which unfortunately was not very good. But The Silence Of The Lambs will always be his legacy.


JONATHAN DEMME’S DIRECTORIAL FILMOGRAPHY


1974 Caged Heat (also Writer)
1975 Crazy Mama
1976 Fighting Mad (also Writer)
1977 Handle With Care
(aka Citizen’s Band)
1979 Last Embrace (also Actor)
1980 Melvin and Howard
1984 Swing Shift
1986 Something Wild
(also Producer)
1987 Swimming to Cambodia
1988 Married to the Mob
1991 The Silence of the Lambs
*ACADEMY AWARD WINNER*
1993 Philadelphia
(also Producer)
1998 Beloved
2002 The Truth About Charlie
(also Writer / Producer)
2004 The Manchurian Candidate
(also Producer)
2008 Rachel Getting Married
(also Producer)
2013 A Master Builder
2015 Ricki and the Flash

JONATHAN DEMME’S DOCUMENTARIES


1984 Stop Making Sense (also Writer)
1987 Haiti: Dreams of Democracy (also Writer / Producer)
1992 Cousin Bobby
1994 The Complex Sessions
1998 Storefront Hitchcock
2003 The Agronomist (also Writer / Producer / Cinematographer)
2006 Neil Young: Heart of Gold
2007 Man from Plains
(also Producer)
2007 Right to Return: New Home Movies From the Lower 9th Ward
2009 Neil Young Trunk Show
2011 I’m Carolyn Parker
(also Producer / Cinematographer)
2012 Neil Young Journeys
(also Producer)
2012 Enzo Avitabile Music Life
(also Producer)
2015 What’s Motivating Hayes
SHORT
2016 Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids

JONATHAN DEMME’S TELEVISION WORK


1978 Columbo Director Episode: “Murder Under Glass”
1980-86 Saturday Night Live Director / Writer 3 episodes
1982 American Playhouse Director Episode: “Who Am I This Time?”
1987 Trying Times Director Episode: “A Family Tree”
1997 Subway Stories Director Segment: “”Subway Car from Hell”
2011 Enlightened Director 2 episodes
2011 A Gifted Man Director / Producer Episode: “Pilot”
2013-2014 The Killing Director 2 episodes
2017 Shots Fired Director Episode: “Hour Six: The Fire This Time”

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