Jonathan Demme #BornOnThisDay
(February 22, 1944 / April 26, 2017)
Director, writer, producer and actor, Demme was one of the most versatile filmmakers and professionals in the industry, and that also applies for the many films and themes he worked.
Very few directors in recent years were responsible for developing a unique style that captured our attention and made us see films in a different way. Interspersed shots between hand held and stead camera (courtesy of regular director of photography Tak Fujimoto) and those close-ups with characters looking directly into the camera were part of his trademark; along with great team of supporting actors who frequently appeared in his movies.
Despite an extensive resume which also uncludes TV series direction and some acting roles, Demme highest peak in the 1990's is what most audience will remember: for presenting Hannibal Lecter in presence, style and reverence in 'The Silence of the Lambs'; and with 'Philadelphia', breaking taboos as the first AIDS mainstream film in a time where the topic was usually avoided.
In the picture he is with Melanie Griffith on the set of his incredible comic thriller 'Something Wild' (1986).