Denzel Washington

On the generous curiosity of Jonathan Demme and how he allowed audiences along for the ride

On the generous curiosity of Jonathan Demme and how he allowed audiences along for the ride

The death of Jonathan Demme comes as a shock because his films felt so alive. Seemingly guided by the spirited convictions of his creative generosity, emotional openness and observant, exploratory curiosity, Demme was an exemplar of an artist who refused to be defined as any one thing.

He made fiction features, documentaries and worked in television during a long and eclectic career, and won the Oscar in 1992 for directing "The Silence of the Lambs."

The strongest constant in Demme’s work was his unpredictability and a sense of constantly pressing on to...

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