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Eavesdropping at the Movies: 397 – Stop Making Sense

One of the great concert films, if not the greatest, receives a 4K restoration four decades after its release, and comes to our local IMAX Digital screen. Talking Heads were huge at the time that 1984’s Stop Making Sense was released, and José loved their music, but something about the film didn’t appeal to him, and he never saw it. Though Mike is familiar with the band, he only knows a couple of Talking Heads songs and didn’t expect to ever get around to seeing the film, so what a way to experience it.

The restoration is beautiful and the huge IMAX screen shows it off spectacularly. We discuss the ability of celluloid to capture rich, textured imagery that digital acquisition formats have never matched; David Byrne’s captivating presence, handsomeness, and exuberant movement; the film’s cinematic style and what puts it above other concert films; the racial composition of the band, both the core members and additional musicians, and what it may or may not reflect about American culture of the time; and more.

We’re absolutely sold on Stop Making Sense‘s greatness, and, even forty years on from its release and the height of the band’s popularity, immediately grasp why it’s still held in such high esteem. See it at the cinema.

With José Arroyo of First Impressions and Michael Glass of Writing About Film.