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Jonathan Demme is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer, Sound and Second Unit American born on 22 february 1944 at Baldwin, Nassau County (USA)

Jonathan Demme

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Birth name Robert Jonathan Demme
Nationality USA
Birth 22 february 1944 at Baldwin, Nassau County (USA)
Death 26 april 2017 (at 73 years)
Awards Academy Award for Best Director

Robert Jonathan Demme (born February 22, 1944) is an American filmmaker, producer and screenwriter. Best known for directing The Silence of the Lambs, which won him the Academy Award for Best Director, he has also directed the acclaimed movies Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, the Talking Heads concert movie Stop Making Sense and a trilogy of Neil Young documentary/concert movies.

Biography

Jonathan Demme découvre le cinéma durant ses études à l'université de Floride, il s'occupe des relations de presse pour d'Ambassy Pictures, puis United Artists. Il collabore avec Roger Corman, à sa société de production New World. Il écrit et produit Angels hard as they come (1971) de Joe Viola avant de réaliser ses deux premiers films, Cinq femmes à abattre (1974) et Crazy Mama (1975).

En 1991, Le Silence des agneaux marque un tournant dans sa carrière de réalisateur : adapté de la trilogie sur Hannibal Lecter de l'écrivain Thomas Harris, le film accède à la renommée internationale et remporte cinq Oscars.

Il apporte l'Oscar du meilleur acteur à Tom Hanks et Anthony Hopkins, respectivement pour Philadelphia et Le Silence des agneaux. Ce dernier vaudra également l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice à Jodie Foster. Quelques années auparavant c'était celui de la meilleure actrice dans un second rôle à Mary Steenburgen pour Melvin et Howard. Fin 1998, il réalise le drame Beloved, avec Danny Glover et Oprah Winfrey.



Mais les années 2000 débutent sous de moins bon auspices : en 2002, il signe La Vérité sur Charlie, un thriller avec Mark Wahlberg et Thandie Newton, qui est un cuisant échec critique et commercial.

Il multiplie alors les documentaires, souvent socio-politiques, ou musicaux, et opère parallèlement un virage côté fiction : s'il réalise de nouveau un remake en 2004, avec Un crime dans la tête, porté par Denzel Washington et Meryl Streep, il se tourne vers un cinéma plus indépendant.

En 2008, le drame Rachel se marie permet à la jeune Anne Hathaway de décrocher une nomination à l'Oscar de la meilleure actrice. En 2015, il dirige Meryl Streep dans la comédie dramatique Ricki and the Flash, qui fait l'ouverture de la section Piazza Grande lors du 68e Festival de Locarno. Le film déçoit critique et public.

Cette même année, il préside néanmoins le jury du Prix Horizon lors du 72e Festival de Venise.

Entre temps, ils revient vers le thriller policier noir et adulte pour réaliser deux épisodes de l'acclamée série dramatique d'AMC, The Killing. Parmi eux, le tout dernier chapitre du programme, diffusé fin 2014.

Jonathan Demme est un défenseur des droits de l'homme et fondateur de l'association Artists for Democracy in Haïti. Il est l'oncle du réalisateur Ted Demme.

Jonathan Demme meurt d'un cancer de l’œsophage le 26 avril 2017 à l'âge de 73 ans.

Le cinéaste Paul Thomas Anderson lui dédie son film Phantom Thread.

Best films

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
(Director)
Philadelphia (1993)
(Director)
Adaptation. (2002)
(Producer)
Rachel Getting Married (2008)
(Director)
Melvin and Howard (1980)
(Director)

Usually with

Tak Fujimoto
Tak Fujimoto
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Gary Goetzman
Gary Goetzman
(14 films)
Edward Saxon
Edward Saxon
(14 films)
Roger Corman
Roger Corman
(10 films)
Kenneth Utt
Kenneth Utt
(6 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Jonathan Demme (46 films)

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Actor

That Thing You Do!, 1h48
Directed by Tom Hanks
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical theatre, Romantic comedy, Musical, Romance
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Tom Everett Scott, Liv Tyler, Johnathon Schaech, Steve Zahn, Ethan Embry, Tom Hanks
Roles Major Motion Picture Director
Rating68% 3.4498853.4498853.4498853.4498853.449885
In 1964, Guy Patterson (Tom Everett Scott) is an aspiring jazz drummer who works at his family's Erie, Pennsylvania, appliance store. Jimmy Mattingly (Johnathon Schaech) and Lenny Haise (Steve Zahn) ask Guy to sit in with their band at the annual Mercyhurst College talent show, because their regular drummer Chad (Giovanni Ribisi) has broken his arm. The last member of the group is the bass player, who is never referred to by name (Ethan Embry). The group rehearses a ballad titled "That Thing You Do". Jimmy's girlfriend, Faye Dolan (Liv Tyler), is inspired by Guy's reaction to the song (he exclaims, "Wonderful!") and names the group "The Oneders" (pronounced "Wonders"); a running gag has various people mispronouncing it as "Oh-need-ers".
Married to the Mob, 1h43
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Action, Crime, Romance
Themes Mafia films, Films about sexuality, Gangster films
Actors Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Alec Baldwin, Charles Napier
Roles Man getting off elevator
Rating60% 3.0489353.0489353.0489353.0489353.048935
Angela de Marco (Michelle Pfeiffer) is the wife of mafia up-and-comer Frank "The Cucumber" de Marco (Alec Baldwin), who gets violently dispatched by Mob boss Tony "The Tiger" Russo (Dean Stockwell) when he is discovered in a compromising situation with the latter's mistress Karen (Nancy Travis). Angela wants to escape the mafia scene with her son, but is harassed by Tony who puts the moves on her at Frank's funeral. This clinch earns her the suspicion of FBI agents Mike Downey (Matthew Modine) and Ed Benitez (Oliver Platt), and also of Tony's wife Connie (Mercedes Ruehl), who repeatedly confronts Angela with accusations of stealing her husband. To further complicate things, Mike Downey is assigned to monitor all of Angela's movements as part of an undercover surveillance operation, but cannot resist becoming romantically involved with Angela himself. Angela's attempts to break away from the Mob result in comic mayhem and a climactic showdown in a honeymoon suite in Miami.
Into the Night, 1h55
Directed by John Landis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Action
Actors Jeff Goldblum, Michelle Pfeiffer, Richard Farnsworth, Dan Aykroyd, David Bowie, David Cronenberg
Roles Federal Agent
Rating65% 3.25033.25033.25033.25033.2503
Upon discovering that his wife is having an affair, depressed insomniac Ed Okin (Jeff Goldblum) drives to LAX on his friend Herb's (Dan Aykroyd) suggestion. There he is surprised by a beautiful jewel smuggler, Diana (Michelle Pfeiffer), who lands on his car and begs him to drive her away from four Iranians who are chasing her. She persuades him to drive her to various locations, and he becomes embroiled in her predicament. After becoming increasingly exasperated with her demands, he discovers that Diana has smuggled priceless emeralds from the Shah of Iran's treasury into the country, and is being pursued by various assorted assailants, including the aforementioned agents of a criminal Iranian expatriate and a British hitman (David Bowie).
Citizens Band, 1h38
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Comedy-drama
Actors Paul Le Mat, Candy Clark, Bruce McGill, Roberts Blossom, Richard Bright, Charles Napier
Rating64% 3.246043.246043.246043.246043.24604
Paul Le Mat plays "Spider," a young man who makes a meager living repairing CB radios and spends his spare time volunteering with REACT International. He lives with his father, an irascible retired truck driver (Roberts Blossom) whose CB handle is "Papa Thermodyne."
The Incredible Melting Man, 1h24
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Horror
Themes Films about music and musicians, Musical films
Actors Burr DeBenning, Myron Daniel Healey, Michael Alldredge, Cheryl Smith, Jonathan Demme
Roles Matt Winters
Rating41% 2.0568952.0568952.0568952.0568952.056895
During a space flight to Saturn, three astronauts are exposed to a blast of radiation which kills two of them and seriously injures the third, Steve West (Rebar). He is next shown unconscious in a hospital back on Earth, with bandages covering his face; his physician, Dr. Loring (Lisle Wilson), cannot explain what is happening to West or how he survived the blast. After the doctor leaves, West awakens and is horrified to find the flesh on his face and hands melting away. Hysterical, he attacks and kills a nurse (Bonnie Inch), then escapes the hospital in a panic. Loring and Dr. Theodore "Ted" Nelson (DeBenning), a scientist and friend of West, discover that the nurse's corpse is emitting feeble radiation, and realize West's body has become radioactive. Nelson believes West has gone insane, and concludes he must consume human flesh in order to slow the melting. Nelson calls General Michael Perry (Healey), a United States Air Force officer familiar with West's accident, and the general agrees to help Nelson find him.
Hollywood Boulevard, 1h23
Directed by Joe Dante, Allan Arkush
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Comedy
Actors Mary Woronov, Jeffrey Kramer, Dick Miller, Paul Bartel, Jonathan Kaplan, Charles B. Griffith
Roles Godzilla
Rating60% 3.0061353.0061353.0061353.0061353.006135
In a prologue, pompous film director Eric Von Leppe (Paul Bartel) is shooting a skydiving sequence for low-budget Miracle Pictures in which an actress is killed. Candy Wednesday (Candice Rialson) arrives in Los Angeles to make it as an actor. She gets an agent, Walter Paisley (Dick Miller), but struggles to find work until she inadvertently gets involved in a bank robbery as a getaway driver. This gets her a job for Miracle Pictures as a stunt driver. She meets Eric Von Leppe, temperamental starlet Mary McQueen (Mary Woronov), sleazy producer PG (Roger Doran) and friendly scriptwriter, Pat (Jeffrey Kramer). Candy and Pat fall in love and she starts to get work as an actor, becoming friends with fellow starlets Bobbi (Rita George) and Jill (Tara Strohmeier).

Director

Ricki and the Flash, 1h41
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians
Actors Meryl Streep, Mamie Gummer, Kevin Kline, Rick Springfield, Sebastian Stan, Ben Platt
Rating58% 2.9490352.9490352.9490352.9490352.949035
Ricki chased her dreams of becoming a famous rock star by abandoning her family. She gets a chance to put things right when her ex-husband Pete asks her to visit Indianapolis and help their estranged daughter Julie through a difficult time.
A Master Builder, 2h10
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films based on plays
Actors Julie Hagerty, Wallace Shawn, Andre Gregory, Larry Pine
Rating59% 2.9560252.9560252.9560252.9560252.956025
Halvard Solness (Shawn) is an aging architect of a small town in Norway who has managed to attain some distinction and local reputation, and long married to Aline (Hagerty). One day while having a visit from his friend Doctor Herdal (Pine), Solness is visited by Hilde Wangel (Joyce), a young woman of twenty-four from another town whom the doctor promptly recognizes from a recent trip.
Rachel Getting Married, 1h53
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about drugs, Films about marriage
Actors Anne Hathaway, Rosemarie DeWitt, Bill Irwin, Anna Deaver Smith, Tunde Adebimpe, Debra Winger
Rating66% 3.3482253.3482253.3482253.3482253.348225
Kym (Anne Hathaway) is released from drug rehab for a few days so she can go home to attend the wedding of her sister Rachel (Rosemarie DeWitt). At home, the atmosphere is strained between Kym and her family members as they struggle to reconcile themselves with her past and present. Kym's father (Bill Irwin) shows intense concern for her well-being and whereabouts, which Kym interprets as mistrust. She also resents her sister's choice of her best friend Emma (Anisa George), rather than Kym, to be her maid of honor. Rachel, for her part, resents the attention her sister's drug addiction is drawing away from her wedding, a resentment that comes to a head at the rehearsal dinner, where Kym, amid toasts from friends and family, takes the microphone to offer an apology for her past actions, as part of her twelve-step program.
Neil Young: Heart of Gold, 1h43
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Documentary, Musical
Themes Films about music and musicians, Documentary films about music and musicians, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Musical films
Actors Neil Young
Rating76% 3.8458253.8458253.8458253.8458253.845825
En Mars 2005, Neil Young a été diagnostiqué avec un anévrisme au cerveau. Quatre jours avant la date prévue pour une opération de sauvetage, il se rend à Nashville, où il a écrit et enregistré l'album country folk PRAIRIE WIND avec de vieux amis et membres de la famille. Après la réussite de l'opération et la période de récupération, il est retourné à Nashville que Août à jouer au célèbre Ryman Auditorium, encore une fois rassembler famille et amis pour cette représentation spéciale.
The Agronomist, 1h30
Directed by Jonathan Demme
Origin USA
Genres Biography, Documentary
Themes Seafaring films, Transport films, Documentary films about historical events, Documentaire sur une personnalité, Documentary films about politics, Political films
Actors Ronald Reagan
Rating74% 3.7381653.7381653.7381653.7381653.738165
Le journaliste Jean Dominique, militant avec sa femme Michèle Montas pour une information accessible par Radio Haïti-Inter en Haïti, relate différents épisodes de sa lutte. Le récit direct et honnête qu’il fait, à partir de 1986 à son ami Jonathan Demme et le tournage dans le pays, montrent toute la sympathie et la solidarité que réserve le peuple haïtien à ceux qui prennent réellement son parti, en même temps que le caractère périlleux de la promotion de l’information libre dans le pays. Combattant et exilé, celui qui se faisait appeler l’agronome, en fonction de sa formation de base, n’a jamais interrompu sa lutte jusqu’à son assassinat en 2000.