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Jonathan Demme, director of Silence of the Lambs, has died at 73

04.26.2017
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Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, PHILADELPHIA and RACHEL GETTING MARRIED has passed away this morning in New York. Sources close to the family said the cause was esophageal cancer and complications from heart disease. He was treated for the disease back in 2010, but suffered a recurrence two years ago, with his condition reportedly deteriorating in recent weeks. He was 73.

Most movie fans will know him for his eternal work on the thriller, SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, which won him best director in 1992, and the movie itself won best picture, best adapted screenplay (Ted Tally), best actor (Anthony Hopkins) and best actress (Jodie Foster).

Other credits include PHILADELPHIA (which won Tom Hanks his first of two Oscars), the 2004 remake of THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE with Denzel Washington, RACHEL GETTING MARRIED (earning Anne Hathaway her first Oscar nom), and most recently RICKI AND THE FLASH with Meryl Streep. He was just as notable in the documentary field, gaining attention in 1984 for STOP MAKING SENSE and continuing all the way into 2016 with the concert doc, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE + THE TENNESSEE KIDS.

Demme was, above all, a tremendous actor's director. His compassion and sensitivity allowed him to get to the core of his movie's characters, whether they be sinister (Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter), damaged (Hathaway in MARRIED) or resilient (Hanks in PHILADELPHIA). He was an absolute humanist, which made documentaries like NEIL YOUNG: HEART OF GOLD so tragic and enlightening. He will be missed dearly, and not just by the actors whose lives he helped transform, but by all audiences who connected with his work.

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Source: IndieWire

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4:12PM on 04/26/2017
I am grateful for Jonathan Demme. He exemplified what an artist should be. He directed well everything from the most pulpy b-movie to the most thought-provoking classic.
I am grateful for Jonathan Demme. He exemplified what an artist should be. He directed well everything from the most pulpy b-movie to the most thought-provoking classic.
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2:48PM on 04/26/2017
A great director for sure. Sadly missed
A great director for sure. Sadly missed
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1:04PM on 04/26/2017

Don't forget he also directed:

Philadelphia, Married to the Mob and the cult classic Caged Heat!!!
Philadelphia, Married to the Mob and the cult classic Caged Heat!!!
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12:14PM on 04/26/2017

The lambs have stopped screaming.

The world just lost a unique talent.
The world just lost a unique talent.
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11:57AM on 04/26/2017
He was a great director. One of the best. May you rest in peace, Mr. Demme.
He was a great director. One of the best. May you rest in peace, Mr. Demme.
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11:41AM on 04/26/2017

RIP

He was a terrific director - silence of the lambs remains one of my favorite movies of all time. It was one of those movies as a 12 year old that I absolutely forbidden to watch, which made it so I had to watch it. My cousin and I watched the silence of the lambs and hannibal in succession and we had to watch Stewart little so we could go to sleep that night. Good times.
He was a terrific director - silence of the lambs remains one of my favorite movies of all time. It was one of those movies as a 12 year old that I absolutely forbidden to watch, which made it so I had to watch it. My cousin and I watched the silence of the lambs and hannibal in succession and we had to watch Stewart little so we could go to sleep that night. Good times.
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