About Stop Making Sense

Newly restored in 4K and universally acclaimed as one of the best concert films ever made, Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense documents the groundbreaking band Talking Heads at the height of their career, starring core band members David Byrne, Tina Weymouth, Chris Frantz, and Jerry Harrison along with Bernie Worrell, Alex Weir, Steve Scales, Lynn Mabry, and Edna Holt. Making technical history as the first concert film made entirely utilizing digital-audio techniques, Stop Making Sense was shot over the course of three nights at Hollywood's Pantages Theater in December of 1983 and features Talking Heads' most memorable songs, Demme’s creative genius, and the band’s explosive energy, making the film an exhilarating and exciting event. Upon its original release, critic Pauline Kael wrote, “A dose of happiness from beginning to end. Stop Making Sense is close to perfection.” [98 min; documentary; English]

"Byrne is the auteur here; Demme is the rare, generous sort of filmmaker who would emphasize that." — Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm

"This movie is pure fun and sheer exuberance transferred onto celluloid and perfectly re-created at the other end." — James Beardinelli, ReelView

"A rock orgy of volcanic power, and the greatest concert film ever made." — Matt Brunson

Any film screened at IU Cinema may contain content that viewers find sensitive or upsetting. Visit our Audience Advisories page to learn more.

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