The legendary English musician Robyn Hitchcock performs accompanied by violinist Deni Bonet and guitarist Tim Keegan in a former used-clothes store facing a New York street. Jonathan Demme uses the occasion to shot the performance and concentrate exclusively on the musicians. This is a homage to a composer whose songs are, as Demme himself explains, "exceptionally visual. With his lyrics, he creates films in our minds". This is a return to "rockumentary" for the director of Stop Making Sense
Jonathan Demme (Rockville Center, Long Island, New York; 1944) worked for United Artists in the publicity department. He was hired by Roger Corman's New World. His first films as a director are strongly in debt to the "Corman spirit". At the end of the 1980's he founded the association Filmmakers United Against Apartheid, against the repressive regime of Johannesburg. In 1991 he won the Oscar for best director for The Silence of the Lambs. At present, he is working on the film, Beloved, based on the novel by Nobel prize winner Toni Morrison.
Caged Heat (Femmine in gabbia, 1974), Crazy Mama (1975), Fighting Mad (id., 1976), Citizens Band / Handle with Care (Chroma Angel chiama Mandrake, 1977), Last Embrace (Il segno degli Hannan, 1979), Melvin and Howard (Una volta ho incontrato un miliardario, 1980), Who Am I This Time? (I commedianti, 1982), Swing Shift (Swing Shift - Tempo di swing, 1984), Stop Making Sense (id., 1984), Something Wild (Qualcosa di travolgente, 1986), Swimming to Cambodia (doc., 1987), Married to the Mob (Una vedova allegra... ma non troppo, 1988), Haiti Dreams of Democracy (doc., 1988), Cousin Bobby (Mio cugino, il reverendo Bobby, doc., 1991), The Silence of the Lambs (Il silenzio degli innocenti, 1991), Philadelphia (id., 1993), One Foot on a Banana Peel, The Other Foot in The Grave (doc., 1993), Mandela (doc., 1996), Storefront Hitchcock (1997).
Director of photography: Anthony Jannelli.
Sound: Jonathan Porath.
Music: Robyn Hitchcock.
Editor: Andy Keir.
Cast: Robyn Hitchcock, Deni Bonet, Tim Keegan.
Producer: Peter Saraf.
Production company: Clinica Estetico, 127 W. 24th St., 7th floor, New York, NY 10011, tel. +1-212-8076800, fax +1-212-8076840.
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