Director Jonathan Demme, who won an Oscar for his work on THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991), died this morning in New York, due to complications from esophageal cancer and heart disease. He was 73.
Demme was one of the more versatile directors of his generation; getting his start as a protégé of Roger Corman, Demme began writing and directing a string of exploitation films such as CAGED HEAT (1974) and CRAZY MAMA (1975) in the 1970s. Demme subsequently directed dramas (PHILADELPHIA ), comedies (SWING SHIFT , RACHEL GETTING MARRIED ) and thrillers (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE ).
Indiewire remembers Jonathan Demme here: http://www.indiewire...mbs-1201809289/.
Sad to read he died.
Jonathan Demme, like Mike Nichols, had the ability to get good performances from his cast. He also like to show the peculiar side of people, of life. Matthew Modine getting dressed in Married to the Mob deserved a scene and our attention; and Jason Robards showed us the Howard Hughes of life and myth in Melvin and Howard.