Television and movies have been an integral part of our lives since the dawn of cinema. It’s a fact that those who savor stardom to the maximum are the mainstream actors that play the characters of a movie, while the real think tanks, the brains behind the scenes like writers and directors are less fortunate in their share of the limelight.
However there are some extraordinary personas that shine so bright with their art and character that they catch the public eye better than others. One of such personalities, a genius movie director, and a generous human being faded into the eternal light of life.
Jontahan Demme, one of the most versatile and renowned directors Hollywood has ever had, passes away at the age of 73 today but his legacy shall live forever. His diversity and skills are clearly eminent in his record-breaking movies. Silence of the lambs; a one of a kind thriller serial killer extravaganza that has the privilege of winning all 5 Oscars including best picture, actor, actress, director and screenplay, Stop Making Sense; a concert movie that beautifully portrayed the energy and artistic groove of Talking Heads, and Philadelphia; a societal movie about HIV discrimination for which Tom Hanks; lead actor who played the lawyer’s role won two back to back Oscars.
Jonathan Demme and Anthony Hopkins behind the scenes of ‘Silence of the Lambs’.
He was the best in his profession, and even better in real life. Those who knew him would agree in a heartbeat that he was one of the most generous and lively people you could ever meet. All his movie co-workers say that working with him was like a picnic and they loved every second of it. He was a humanitarian by nature who wanted to make this world a better place through his art.
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