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Published: Sun, April 30, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Orlando Mckenzie

Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins lead tributes

Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins lead tributes

(Radio.com) Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of such films as The Silence of the Lambs, has passed at the age of 73. "The Silence of the Lambs", the 1991 thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as an Federal Bureau of Investigation analyst, brought him a new level of fame.

Jonathan Demme, the eclectic movie director whose work ranged from thrillers like "The Silence of the Lambs" to documentaries on leading musicians, died early on Wednesday of complications from oesophageal cancer, his publicist said.

"I am heart-broken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you'd have to design a hurricane to contain him", she said in a statement.

Demme got some of his strongest reviews for this concert film that premiered at the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival and featured a charismatic concert turn by Tennessee native Timberlake on his "20/20 Experience" tour.

Concluding the tribute piece, Byrne added, "The fiction films, the music films and the docs are all filled with so much passion and love".

Those who watch a lot of movies but don't pay attention to the credits might be surprised to learn that the person who made The Silence of the Lambs also made Melvin and Howard, or that the director of Something Wild is also the director of Philadelphia. Kevin Brown, the show's executive producer, said of Demme: "Extraordinary guy, just radiated a calm and positive energy". But what was even more Demme was the nature of the music I'd used in the movie I was about to show, which ranged from Pylon to Santigold to Syd Straw.

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Springsteen won an Oscar for his hit, "Streets of Philadelphia", written for Demme's film starring Tom Hanks. My friend Sean Gallagher directed the documentary film about the case, Brothers of the Black List, and when he asked for Jonathan's assistance, Demme put the full force of his name and connections behind the project. I could talk about his bottomless empathy, about how profoundly he connected with his characters and thus made it easy for the audience to connect with those unlike themselves. Tom Hanks stars as a gay lawyer suing his old firm for wrongful termination and Denzel Washington as the lawyer who represents him. May I speak with you?

The filmmaker died Wednesday morning of complications from esophageal cancer in his NY apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanna, and three children, said Demme's publicist, Annalee Paulo.

Oscar-winning actress Anne Hathaway has paid an emotional tribute to late filmmaker Jonathan Demme by calling him her "favourite rebel angel". You, master of humanity.

Succeeded by his wife Joanne Howard and three children, Jos, Brooklyn, and Ramona, Demme lived a long and fruitful life with a creative career that produced canonical works recognised by millions. At a certain point you realize: I love him. "I loved #JonathanDemme! He was my bridge to the Talking Heads, Harris & Hannibal, New Order and honest cinematic storytelling".

"I have great admiration for Jonathan as a filmmaker - I love the freshness of his style and his excellent use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa".

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