Jonathan Demme: Heart of Gold

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"With the passing of Jonathan Demme earlier this year, American cinema lost one of its most profoundly human voices. Since cutting his teeth in the New Hollywood of the 1970s, Demme had something distinctive that set him apart from the era’s other Movie Brat auteurs: a warm-hearted worldview and empathic concern for his characters, which marked him as an heir to the tradition of great cinematic humanists like Jean Renoir, Leo McCarey, and François Truffaut. From spiky 80s comedies to 90s prestige dramas, definitive concert videos to documentary passion projects, the films of Jonathan Demme overflow with his generosity of spirit." —BAM