My Favorite Jonathan Demme Films

* * * * (Out of * * * *)

1.   Something Wild (1986)

2.   Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016)
(Concert Film)

3.   Handle with Care (1977)
(a.k.a. Citizens Band)
(I saw it on an old VHS tape)

4.   Rachel Getting Married (2008)

5.   Stop Making Sense (1984)
(Concert Film)

6.   Swing Shift (1984)
(Original Cut/Workprint)
(I watched it online)

7.   Who Am I This Time? (1982)
(Episode of PBS American Playhouse)
(Television)

8.   Melvin and Howard (1980)

9.   The Agronomist (2003)
(Documentary)

10a. Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006)
10b. Neil Young Trunk Show (2009)
10c. Neil Young Journeys (2011)
(Documentaries/Concert Films)

11. Swimming to Cambodia (1987)
(Performance Film)

12. Storefront Hitchcock (1998)
(Concert Film)

* * * * (Out of * * * *) (Short Cinema)

1.   Enlightened (2011)
1a. Episode: “Sandy”
(Cable/Television)

5 thoughts on “My Favorite Jonathan Demme Films

  1. You won’t be surprised to hear Married to the Mob is my favourite of his selection. You’be piqued my interest in Demme’s Neil Young documentaries. I saw him perform on Martin Scorsese’s Last Waltz and I’d like to hear more.

  2. Married to the Mob is a good one. You will love the Neil Young ones. Speaking of which, you gotta see his one on David Byrne and The Talking Heads entitled Stop Making Sense because you will really be blown away by it. Anyway, thanks for dropping by 🙂

  3. I love Stop Making Sense. It’s a special Rock-Doc, for sure, up there with The Last Waltz in my opinion, but I’m a huge Talking Heads fan.
    My favorite Demme film is hardly controversial–Silence of the Lambs. Although I favor Mindhunter (I know they are different films–Silence of the Lambs is not a remake– but I like Brian Cox’s Lecktor better and Mann’s atmospheric sensibilities). Then Married to the Mob, then The Manchurian Candidate (though I prefer the original). I’ve always thought of Demme as a bit overrated, but that’s just me.

  4. The Silence of the Lambs is a good one, but I too prefer Manhunter pretty much for your reasons. As for Stop Making Sense, we are both on the same page.

    Speaking of Demme, I one day hope that his cut of Swing Shift will see the light of day (it survives on bootlegged VHS copies). Why? Because his version was far superior than the one it’s star Goldie Hawn (based on reports I have read) forced the studio to release. That is the one that is out there today. Please pray as I am 🙂 Anyway, thanks for dropping by and keep those comments coming 🙂

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