[April 2022] Jonathan Demme: Core 80s

Melanie Griffith in Something Wild

“In the ’80s, Demme was mostly known for wild comedies….1986’s road caper Something Wild was a cult hit that introduced Ray Liotta to the world; 1988’s Married to the Mob is a superb mix of kitchen-sink drama and gangster lunacy, starring a luminous Michelle Pfeiffer and featuring an unhinged Dean Stockwell (who was Oscar-nominated) and Mercedes Ruehl. The ’80s also brought Stop Making Sense and Demme’s filming of Spalding Gray’s one-man monologue Swimming to Cambodia (1987). The latter is a mesmerizing work that demonstrates the power of Demme’s cinematic eye (he loved intense, direct-to-camera close-ups) in even the most inert setting (a man sitting behind a desk and talking to the audience).” David Sims

Thursday April 7 2022 | Melvin and Howard USA 1980 d. Jonathan Demme with Paul Le Mat, Mary Steenburgen, Pamela Reed, Michael J. Pollard, Jack Kehoe, Rick Lenz, Dabney Coleman, Charles Napier and Jason Robards. Colour. 95 m

Thursday April 14 2022 | Something Wild USA 1986 d. Jonathan Demme with Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith, Ray Liotta, Margaret Colin, Tracey Walter, Jack Gilpin, Charles Napier, John Sayles and John Waters. Colour. 113 m

Thursday April 21 2022 | Swimming to Cambodia USA 1987 d. Jonathan Demme with Spalding Grey. Colour. 85 m

Thursday April 28 2022 | Married to the Mob USA 1988 d. Jonathan Demme with Michelle Pfeiffer, Matthew Modine, Dean Stockwell, Mercedes Ruehl, Alec Baldwin, Trey Wilson, Joan Cusack, Oliver Platt, Ellen Foley, Chris Isaak, Tracey Walter, David Johanssen and Charles Napier. Colour. 104 m