Stop Making Sense [Blu-ray] [Import]
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Over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December 1983, filmmaker Jonathan Demme joined creative forces with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth and Talking Heads... and miracles occurred. Following a staging concept by singer-guitarist David Byrne, this euphoric concert film transcends that all-too-limited genre to become the greatest film of its kind. A guaranteed cure for anyone's blues, it's a celebration of music that never grows old, fueled by the polyrhythmic pop-funk precision that was a Talking Heads trademark, and lit from within by the geeky supernova that is David Byrne.
The staging--and Demme's filming of it--builds toward an orgasmic release of music, rising from the bare-stage simplicity of Byrne, accompanied only by a boom box on "Psycho Killer," to the ecstatic crescendo of "Burning Down the House," by which time the Heads and additional personnel have all arrived on stage for a performance that seems channeled from heaven for the purpose of universal uplift. (God bless Demme for avoiding shots of the luckiest audience in '80s pop history; its presence is acknowledged, but not at the viewer's expense.) With the deliriously eccentric Byrne as ringleader (pausing mid-concert to emerge in his now-legendary oversized suit), this circus of musical pleasure defies the futility of reductive description; it begs to be experienced, felt in the heart, head, and bones, and held there the way we hold on to cherished memories. On those three nights in December 1983, Talking Heads gave love, life, and joy in generous amounts that years cannot erode, and Demme captured this act of creative goodwill on film with minimalist artistic perfection. Stop Making Sense is an invitation to pleasure that will never wear out its welcome. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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And even though the four members of the "Talking Heads proper" kind of get lost in this nine-member stage ensemble, David Byrne is still the clear leader, and the contributions of the other original band members are essential to the energy of the Talking Heads experience. and what an experience it is ! Every song is an artistic presentation, with the visual effects beautifully complementing the funky, up beat, afro-synchronic musical riffs. With absolutely radical versions of Life During Wartime and Once in a Lifetime, this is my second favorite musical DVD (second only to Led Zeppelin - which is really saying something !)
The concert starts on a bare 60 by 40 foot stage with a solo performance of "Psycho Killer" and then slowly adds both equipment and musicians during the first five songs. By the sixth song, "Burning Down the House", nine musicians are present and will remain fully engaged for the next 10 tracks. Three additional tracks are included on the DVD as a bonus.
Seven cameras are used to record the performance, with much of the footage being shot from the perspective of the audience. Indeed, the viewer of the documentary is made to feel that they are witnessing a live event. The director takes great pains to record the artists not just as musicians, but also as "characters" with their own individual performance personalities.
The stage is lit solely by white lighting, with both the type and positioning of the lights permitting an amazing visual variation. Backlit slide photography of both text and representational images are sometimes used in the stage design as well.
The title, "Stop Making Sense", refers to David Byrne's approach to writing song lyrics during the early 1980's. His lyrics are often irrational and illogical, not making sense from one line to the next, yet they still tend to remain both intuitive and emotionally involving.
"Stop Making Sense" is resplendent in its entertaining divergence from the commonplace. Watch, listen and be moved by its wonderfully liberating creative energy!
This is no mere concert, it is the best piece of musical entertainment ever filmed. I say that because I wasn't too found of the parts of Woodstock where the camera would focus on the audience for long periods of time (except when the women were bathing) where as, while you certainly are aware of it, the audience is never visually acknowlledged in Stop Making Sence so there is no doubt that you don't miss any action.
If you haven't experienced it then do so. Though, if by some miracle you don't like it, make sure you don't pass that judgement before you see Life During Wartime (obviously my personal favorite).
What else can be said?
Need I say more. The music is fantastic, and the presentation is entertaining. This is by far, the best concert video I've ever seen, and if your not already a Talking Heads fan, you will be after you watch and listen.
This is simply the best concert film I have seen. The production is great, the music energizing. Visually, you couldn't ask for more. "Stop Making Sense" will not only make you appreciate the brilliance of the Talking Heads, but of director Jonathan Demme as well. I could watch this film over and over again. The DVD is a visual improvement over the video version. The only thing I envy is that my brother was in the concert crowd and saw this being made - lucky stiff.
As for the reviewer who commented on David Byrne leaving the stage during "Genius of Love" - I doubt it was out of a lack of respect for the other members of the band. Rather, he was changing into the famous "Big Suit". Better that the Tom Tom Club play a song (and do it well) instead of dead time on stage. The scheme worked brilliantly as the entrance of the Big Suit is a major highlight of the film.
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One of, if not THE best Music Movie/Concerts in existence.Published 14 months ago by Harlan Guthrie
Did I listen he Talking Heads in the 80' ? No. But every time I watch and listen this film, it's from the beginnig to the end. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Eric G
I purchased this Blu Ray because the DVD I had would no longer load in my Blu Ray player.
Why did they not do it properly and give proper widescreen? Read more
Wow! Energy, amazing music. If you like Talking Heads even a little, you have to see this. If you like Talking Heads a lot, you have to own this video.Published on Dec 14 2013 by raisedbypenguins
My DVD player refuses to play this DVD. "Cannot play, restricted area". My computer will play but no audio. Very disappointed. Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2013 by Gbone2012
They were the best that ever were, or ever will be, or ever was. Listen to them. Please? Okay. Cool.Published on Nov. 3 2013 by Jonathan
Probably will not watch it again. But good for posterity. History!
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I ordered the Blue-Ray from (and I live in) Zone A. The Blue-Ray delivered only plays in Zone B!
Needless to say I cannot watch the movie. Enough said.
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