Jonathan Demme

A personable man with the curiosity gene and the what-comes-next instinct of someone who likes to both hear and tell stories, Mr. Demme had a good one of his own, a Mr. Deeds kind of tale in which he wandered into good fortune and took advantage of it. A former movie publicist, he had an apprenticeship in low-budget B-movies with the producer Roger Corman before turning director.

Coming off his work with Roger Corman led to his opportunity to direct The Last Embrace, one of my favorite films.  The film started the always solid Roy Scheider as a mentally unstable G man.

The casting is inspired and the film is a remarkable thriller in the Hitchcock mold. Demme would capitalize on this and have a great career that included an Academy Award for best director for his work in Silence of the Lambs.


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