Jonathan Demme, the eclectic, ever-enthusiastic filmmaker behind the Oscar winners The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, and the director of one of the most seminal concert films ever made, the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, has died. He was 73.
Here are some reactions:
“Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living. He was the grandest of men.” - actor Tom Hanks in a statement.
Jonathan Demme was a great artist, humanitarian, activist & a warm encouraging colleague. I've known very few like him. He will be missed https://t.co/wQv5QRqHoN— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) April 26, 2017
Deeply sad to hear my friend, neighbor, and colleague Jonathan Demme has passed on. He was one of the real good guys. I miss you, buddy.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) April 26, 2017
“Whenever I ran into Jonathan, he was filled with enthusiasm and excitement about a new project. He took so much joy in moviemaking. His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground -even a story like The Silence of the Lambs.” - director Martin Scorsese in a statement.
Met tons through the Moonlight run but my man Demme was the kindest, most generous. A MASSIVE soul. He lived in love. And rests in peace.— Barry Jenkins (@BandryBarry) April 26, 2017
“He was an inspiration for me, a beautiful filmmaker and a great spirit. Always smiling, always involved with the world and always pushing you to go for your best. He’ll be deeply missed.” - singer-songwriter Bruce Springsteen in a statement.
Very sad to hear of the passing of the great Jonathan Demme. Admired his movies, his documentaries, his concert films. He could do anything.— edgarwright (@edgarwright) April 26, 2017
Where do I begin..? Words just aren't enough with heartache like this. You, master of humanity. You, genius of storytelling. You, generous and warm man. You, special soul. You taught me so much about life and art and about standing up for what you believe. You made me better at my craft. And, the time I spent with you away from a camera and a stage made a better human out of me. You are truly irreplaceable. I will miss you so dearly, my sweet friend. I hope we meet again someday. I love you, JD. May you Rest In Peace. --Justin
RIP Jonathan Demme. Inspiring filmmaker, musical explorer, ornithologist (!), and truly wonderful and generous person.— Jim Jarmusch (@JimJarmusch) April 26, 2017
“I last saw Jonathan Demme four years ago today. Had no idea till this morning that it would be for the last time. Jonathan was a born movie-maker: he loved people and he loved filming them. Fictional or actual, he caught so many lives and glimpses of lives and framed them for others to enjoy. Jonathan was a true keeper of souls, and now we must celebrate his. He did a lot for me, too - thank you, JD. ‘Are you ready for your close-up?’ - musician Robyn Hitchcock in a statement.
Terribly sad at the passing of Jonathan Demme. A lovely man, a great director and a kind soul. My love and prayers to his family.— Tim Robbins (@TimRobbins1) April 26, 2017
Jonathan Demme was a singular director who made vitally human films. His SOMETHING WILD is a seminal movie for me. So sad he's gone.— Pat Healy (@Pat_Healy) April 26, 2017
Ted Demme and I were worried about making The Ref when his uncle Jonathan Demme said something profound: "Stop talking and start shooting."— Denis Leary (@denisleary) April 26, 2017
“I am heart-broken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you’d have to design a hurricane to contain him. Jonathan was as quirky as his comedies and as deep as his dramas. He was pure energy, the unstoppable cheerleader for anyone creative. Just as passionate about music as he was about art, he was and will always be a champion of the soul. JD, most beloved, something wild, brother of love, director of the lambs. Love that guy. Love him so much.” - The Silence of the Lambs star Jodie Foster in a statement.
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