Happy Birthday: Jonathan Demme

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Jonathan Demme.jpgJonathan Demme

Born: February 22, 1944 in Baldwin, Long Island, New York, USA

I was really hooked on movies at a very young age. The Manchurian Candidate (1962), along with Seven Days in May (1964), Fail-Safe (1964) and Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964) were this quartet of anarchistic black-and-white American movies, each of which did things that you just didn’t do in American movies, especially in the realm of irreverence toward politics and government institutions and the Army. I was what, 16, it was shocking, it was thrilling and, interestingly, it predated my exposure to the French New Wave so, in a way, this was the American, a certain kind of new wave in American movies.

[on Michelle Pfeiffer] I would love to team up with Michelle again. She’s underutilized.



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