Stop Making Sense

(USA/1984—directed by Jonathan Demme) 

Still considered to be the finest concert film of all time, this brilliant 88-minute performance film of the Talking Heads in concert has only grown more exciting and satisfying over the years.

Directed by the incredibly versatile Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Melvin and Howard), Stop Making Sense captured live performances by David Byrne’s legendary band at the Pantages Theatre in Hollywood over several days; Demme and editor Lisa Day then assembled the most extraordinary numbers – both musically and visually – into a single, seamless, exhilarating cinematic experience.

The film’s Detroit premiere at the DIA’s Detroit Film Theatre in 1984 became the DFT’s first sold-out-for-the-whole-weekend phenomenon, playing to more than 8,000 fans in just three days. We invite you to celebrate the 35th anniversary of Stop Making Sense by seeing and hearing it once again on the DFT’s big screen at the exclusive performances of this restored musical masterwork. (88 min.) 


“The best concert film ever made!” –Pauline Kael, The New Yorker 



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