Live Poll: Remembering Jonathan Demme

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Acclaimed film director Jonathan Demme has passed away at the age of 73. Despite his long career starting in the mid '70s with Caged Heat, Demme will be forever associated his masterpiece, The Silence of the Lambs. A consummate artist, he worked up to the date of his death, his final project being Seven Seconds, a new show for Netflix.

Demme was not only a gifted filmmaker but a serious fan himself. This story from a fellow attendee of the Toronto International Film Festival illustrates: When I saw Moonlight at TIFF, Jonathan Demme was sitting in front of me. A volunteer pointed out the VIP section and asked if he wanted to move, but he politely refused. After the film he was clearly clearly ecstatic and during the Q&A he waved his arms frantically to ask a question. When it came time for the last question he was randomly chosen, and without introducing himself, he asked a question about the sound design. After the movie got out I saw him get introduced to Barry Jenkins and they hugged and laughed warmly.

Equally adept at comedies, dramas, thrillers and concert films, Demme was a Renaissance man. Since Silence of the Lambs is his obvious legacy let's focus on his other films. Which of his most popular films (other than SotL) will you remember Demme for?

List: http://www.imdb.com/list/ls069114240
Poll: http://www.imdb.com/poll/rWLMUOP2niA/

*minimum rating 6.0 stars, 1,000 votes
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One more story, just because it's so fun... He lost a power struggle with star Goldie Hawn over their film Swing Shift; the rental copy of the movie at Philadelphia’s TLA Video was accompanied by a Post-It note from Demme explaining how different his original, still-unseen version of the film looked.
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Posted 2 years ago

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You beat me by 2 minutes, Jen! :-)

http://www.imdb.com/list/ls069114102/

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Random question - do you have a name we should/could call you other than leavey-2?
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My name is Bert
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She's very fast, I had the same thing with Muhammad Ali :)

Very sad new and I appreciated that you disqualified "The Silence of the Lambs" but I think we can all agree that "Philadelphia" will take the lion-share of votes. If it was up to me, I would make this a two-parter:

Face-Off: The Silence of the Lambs vs. Philadelphia
then a poll about the other movies.

OR 

Face-Off: What's your favorite Demme's film?
And the choice would be between The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and a third option that includes all the other films.

I understand that the best tribute to a director would feature his complete body of work (or the most acclaimed part of it) but it's always nice to avoid the situations where one option gets more than 80% of the votes.

Or you can make a poll of Best Oscar-nominated performance... well, it's still be between Hanks and Lecter, forget about it.
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Feel free to do any of those suggestions.
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...and i don't think we can ALL agree on philadelphia...
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You were first, Jen. I don't mind. I will wait and see if yours get picked, and then I can still launch my poll suggestion. But I like Sdk ElMaruecan's idea, if you change your title a bit, there is still room for a 2nd poll with all the other work of Jonathan Demme. 
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I was referring to ElMo doing those suggestions he made. 
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Or you can make a poll of Best Oscar-nominated performance... well, it's still be between Hanks and Lecter, forget about it.

I think Jodie Foster could be a contender, especially in a three-or-more race, and I love Demme, hint, hint. ;-)

I don't think it would be too much if one poll (Jen's since it is the only suggestion so far) went live soon and then in a week or so, another (if different enough) went live. I was going to suggest a Oscar-performance or popular character poll for some time after Jen's, as I think for a first homage a full canon of work is best, but I will hold off suggesting another one if you, Leavey (or ElMo? etc), wants to do another one different from Jen's.

I'm really tired so I hope that was coherent.
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Oh, Leavey, I just saw your list: I didn't notice the link at first.
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Yes, I was about to hit the submit button on GS when I saw the other poll being posted just minutes before. But that's ok. Jen's poll is quite complete. Let's see later if we can do something else with Jonathan Demme's interesting oeuvre.
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Yes, Jen's is perfect for the immediate memoriam. (Yours was quite good, too.) I'm always looking for good Face-Off polls, though, and some of those ideas (his Oscar-winning actors, for example) that the three of you discussed would make for good Face-Off polls. Plus, he was often referred to as an actor's director so I thought an additional poll with that focus in another few days or week or so, would be fitting. Like you said, his interesting body of work allows for lots of ideas. 
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There was an obvious bias toward "Philadelphia" which is not just based on the film's merit but also on the fact that it's one of the most celebrated movie of the 90's and the most known Demme's film after Lambs, as simple as that.

rocky' o said
...and i don't think we can ALL agree on philadelphia...
I don't know, I feel like I said something wrong, I didn't make a comment on the film but also on its fame, as an objective parameter. Maybe there was a possibility for a face-off between the two films and a second poll about his 'lesser known' movies and a question such as "which one would you most be interested to see?"

That's all, but I'm not sure I like the way when you suggest something to a feel poll user and the answer is "feel free to make any of these suggestions", which in subtext, means "no, I don't want to".
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There was an obvious bias toward "Philadelphia" which is not just based on the film's merit but also on the fact that it's one of the most celebrated movie of the 90's and the most known Demme's film after Lambs, as simple as that.

rocky' o said
...and i don't think we can ALL agree on philadelphia...
I don't know, I feel like I said something wrong, I didn't make a comment on the film but also on its fame, as an objective parameter. Maybe there was a possibility for a face-off between the two films and a second poll about his 'lesser known' movies and a question such as "which one would you most be interested to see?"

That's all, but I'm not sure I like the way when you suggest something to a feel poll user and the answer is "feel free to make any of these suggestions", which in subtext, means "no, I don't want to".
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dear el...nothing personal meant by it at all...just i know personally for myself it would not be in my top list, that's all...

i apologize for the intonation and misunderstanding of my comment...it's all good...
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No need to apologize :)

At least Demme had the tribute he deserved
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this is a tough one...for me it would be between...

talking heads-stop making sense
spalding gray-swimming to cambodia
neil young-heart of gold

i so wanted to love rikki and the flash, but the emphasis on the family instead of the focus on the band ruined it for me...
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A friend of mine worked tech on Stop Making Sense. He said when Byrne wasn't performing he just sat alone talking to himself.

LOVE Swimming to Cambodia...poor Spalding...
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Agreed. Swimming to Cambodia is a masterpiece. I like Stop Making Sense a whole lot, and Heart of Gold, too, but Swimming is one of my favorite films ever. And, yeah, I miss Spalding Grey.
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I'm not sure if I like Monster in a Box or Cambodia more. I think maybe Monster, just because of all the mom angst... Did you ever see Soderbergh's King of the Hill? He had a small but interesting role in it.
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i never saw 'king of the hill' but i thought he was brilliant in 'the paper' with michael keaton, one of my all time favorite films...it was a small role but so memorable...
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Oh...King of the Hill  is DEVASTATING! You must see it. So great...one of Soderbergh's unsung gems.
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will definitely have to check it out...thanx...
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Oh, yeah, King of the Hill is brilliant! And Monster in the Box, as well -- Swimming to Cambodia introduced me to his work, so it edges out Monster for me but it is a tough call: both are exquisite. Gray left such a hole in the worlds of cinema, writing, and theater. 

Rocky, I'm a big fan of The Paper, as well. 'Great story, great cast (including for the smaller roles like Grey's) , culturally/socio-politically compelling, too, I think. I think it's one of Keaton's best performances and he and Tomei had uncommonly authentic chemistry. 
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Oh, yeah, King of the Hill is brilliant! And Monster in the Box, as well -- Swimming to Cambodia introduced me to his work, so it edges out Monster for me but it is a tough call: both are exquisite. Gray left such a hole in the worlds of cinema, writing, and theater. 

Rocky, I'm a big fan of The Paper, as well. 'Great story, great cast (including for the smaller roles like Grey's) , culturally/socio-politically compelling, too, I think. I think it's one of Keaton's best performances and he and Tomei had uncommonly authentic chemistry. 
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Jen, the link back goes to a different thread, for a different poll, rather than this one.

Also, I think the two stories are great but am thinking all of that text might scare off some voters (it's a shame that reading is often viewed that way now) and/or distract from the question. Mostly, I think the placement of the first story somewhat interrupts the rationale for keeping Silence of the Lambs off the list.  Perhaps put both stories below the question, demarcated with a line like you do with the one, or just feature the stories in this thread and provide a link to the stories in particular, as well as another regular link back (or a combined link)?

My vote: Swimming to Cambodia, which along with Silence, is on my all time favorites list. 'Good poll and done thoughtfully. His death is such a loss.
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Done.
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Feel free to do any of those suggestions.
It wouldn't make sense if I made any of these suggestions after a poll like yours, except maybe for the Face-Off, but I didn't want to suggest a Demme poll in the first place. I just thought that maybe it was diminishing the aura of Philadelphia to put it among the other Demme's films while it's certainly the most popular after The Silence of the Lambs. Not sure it would take more than 80% of the votes, but since polls generally get 200 votes by the end of the day, it will probably take at least 50 votes.

That's it, there was no disguised desire to suggest something behind my comments. I was just making a suggestion. 
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Ok, it's live, so thanks.

But...the formatting is off in the intro...  Dan can you tell me how to make it work?
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Oh, yeah, around the "1,000 votes..." and the line demarcating the two parts. I think it still looks okay, but you're right, it's cleaner on your list. If you haven't heard from Dan, I'll send him a quick note. 
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Apart from Silence of the Lambs I've never really been his fan.
RIP
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