Justin Timberlake has paid an emotional tribute to The Silence Of The Lambs director Jonathan Demme after his death at the age of 73, saying: "You made a better human out of me".
By Sidney Lumet during the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at SVA Theatre on April 22, 2016 in New York City.
Demme began his film-making career with Roger Corman, the B-movie producer who launched, among others, Francis Ford Coppola, Peter Bogdanovich, Joe Dante, Ron Howard and Curtis Hanson in the movie business. Anthony Hopkins' iconic Hannibal "The Cannibal" Lecter could've easily been another horror movie boogeyman in a lesser artist's hands, but for Demme he becomes a tragic ally to Federal Bureau of Investigation trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), as the two reach a mutual understanding with one another and we, the audience, get closer to comprehending unknowable madness.
The actress picked up the Best Actress Oscar for her role in Demme's film, praising the director during her acceptance speech.
Springsteen won an Oscar for his hit, "Streets of Philadelphia", written for Demme's film starring Tom Hanks. Of the latter the New York Times said, "The turbulence that led to the removal of Jean-Bertrand Aristide from Haiti's presidency gives 'The Agronomist, ' a superb new documentary by Jonathan Demme, a melancholy timeliness". Fictional or actual, he caught so many lives and glimpses of lives and framed them for others to enjoy.
Stop Making Sense was character driven too.
The Oscar-winning film-maker behind The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia also directed Stop Making Sense, the 1984 film of Byrne's band Talking Heads in concert, which is regarded as one of the most inventive and influential live recordings ever. His father, Robert, was a press representative in the travel industry. After his family moved to Miami, he attended the University of Florida where he wrote movie reviews for the school paper. They included Handle With Care (1977), about an eccentric network of rural Americans linked by trucks and citizens band radios, and Melvin And Howard (1980), a tale inspired by true events, which starred Jason Robards as billionaire recluse Hughes and Paul LeMat as an earnestly good-natured gas station owner who picks him up in the desert after Hughes has crashed his motorcycle.
Melanie Griffith charms as a free spirit who "kidnaps" Jeff Daniels' uptight yuppie.
In addition to Hollywood features, Demme also made many documentaries. He became known for his hand in helming music videos as well as successful concert films.
This is something Demme craftily hid under every blockbuster he made. The film focuses entirely on her arc as she races to save the life of a young woman.
He also directed an episode of the Fox series "Shots Fired", which airs Wednesday on the network. He was surrounded by his wife, Joanna and their three children.