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Something Wild (1986)


Once in a Lifetime: Jonathan Demme in the 1980s

Once in a Lifetime: Jonathan Demme in the 1980s
4 Tuesdays, January 23 to February 13, 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
Instructor: Lisa DeNight, Discussion Moderator, BMFI
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: $100 for members, $125 for non-members
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Jonathan Demme is primarily remembered for his early-‘90s commercial and critical heavy hitters The Silence of the Lambs and Philadelphia, but his road to Hollywood success was paved with brilliant, lesser-known works that established him as one of the most original and humanistic directors in American cinema. After getting his start with Roger Corman in the ‘70s—and before achieving commercial success—Demme’s cinematic style blossomed, almost as a rebuke to the placidity of the Reagan era, with an eclectic run of films including a meditative, small-town Americana dramedy, a seminal concert film, an unpredictable screwball noir, and a zany mob movie. No matter the genre, Demme made each film a personal expression through his genuine, heartfelt empathy for and interest in every last character on screen. While Demme’s signature filmic flourishes and deep love of rich characters continued throughout his career, his work in the 1980s displays a unique, freewheeling alchemy of color, humor, and especially music.

When asked which filmmakers influenced him the most, Paul Thomas Anderson said, "Jonathan Demme, Jonathan Demme, Jonathan Demme." Join us to view and explore four of his best films from this era—Melvin and Howard (1980), Stop Making Sense (1984), Something Wild (1986) and Married to the Mob (1988)—all of which illustrate who Demme was as a director and as a person during what was arguably the most influential portion of his career.
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  • Tuesday, January 23
    6:30pm 2018-01-23 18:30:00 2018-01-23 21:30:00 America/New_York Once in a Lifetime: Jonathan Demme in the 1980s http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2229 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Tuesday, January 30
    6:30pm 2018-01-30 18:30:00 2018-01-30 21:30:00 America/New_York Once in a Lifetime: Jonathan Demme in the 1980s http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2229 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Tuesday, February 6
    6:30pm 2018-02-06 18:30:00 2018-02-06 21:30:00 America/New_York Once in a Lifetime: Jonathan Demme in the 1980s http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2229 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA
  • Tuesday, February 13
    6:30pm 2018-02-13 18:30:00 2018-02-13 21:30:00 America/New_York Once in a Lifetime: Jonathan Demme in the 1980s http://brynmawrfilm.org/education/class.php?id=2229 Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA