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|作者：英语点津 文章来源：China Daily 点击数：32 更新时间：2017/4/27|
Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, has died in New York at the age of 73.
Born in 1944, Demme's other features included Philadelphia, Something Wild and the Talking Heads documentary Stop Making Sense.
Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for his performance in Philadelphia, told the Press Association Demme was "the grandest of men".
He said: "Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living."
In recent years he worked with Anne Hathaway on Rachel Getting Married and directed Meryl Streep in both Ricki and the Flash and his 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate.
His most recent film, Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids, showed Timberlake in concert in 2015.
Fellow film-maker Barry Jenkins, who directed the Oscar-winning Moonlight, wrote: "Met tons through the Moonlight run but my man Demme was the kindest, most generous. A MASSIVE soul. He lived in love. And rests in peace."
Author Stephen King tweeted: "Deeply sad to hear my friend, neighbor, and colleague Jonathan Demme has passed on. He was one of the real good guys. I miss you, buddy."
In a statement, the director's publicist said: "Sadly, I can confirm that Jonathan passed away early this morning in his Manhattan apartment, surrounded by his wife, Joanne Howard, and three children.
"He died from complications from oesophageal cancer and is survived by his children Ramona, age 29, and her husband James Molloy, Brooklyn, age 26, and Jos, age 21.
"There will be a private family funeral. Any possible further plans will be announce later.
"In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to Americans For Immigrant Justice in Miami, FL [Florida]."
A footnote in the life of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes formed the basis for this early success.
It riffs on the much-disputed relationship between Hughes and Melvin Dummar, a service station owner from Utah who claimed to be one of Hughes's beneficiaries after his 1976 death.
It's a quirky story that enabled Demme to muse on the pitfalls of instant celebrity and the way a sudden windfall makes everyone your friend.
Mary Steenburgen won an Oscar for playing Melvin's first wife, while Bo Goldman was also rewarded by the Academy for his screenplay.
Few directors have captured the electricity and excitement of live performance better than Jonathan Demme.
For proof, one need look no further than this film of Talking Heads in concert, shot over three nights in 1983.
Featuring such hits as Psycho Killer, Burning Down the House and Once in a Lifetime, it's a perfect marriage of music, cinema and humour.
The latter is provided by David Byrne's suit, which gets progressively larger, and absurder, as the film goes on.
Another live performance we can enjoy again and again thanks to Demme comes in this vivid record of one of Spalding Gray's acclaimed stage monologues.
Focusing on the sometime actor's involvement in 1984 film The Killing Fields, it's a piece that addresses, both comically and poetically, America's own involvement in south-east Asian affairs.
Laurie Anderson's score combines with Gray's hypnotising skills as a storyteller to make a riveting hybrid.
Demme wasn't the first film-maker to bring Hannibal Lecter to the screen. That honour belonged to Michael Mann and his 1986 thriller Manhunter.
Lambs, though, was the one the Academy recognised, awarding it all of the "big five" Oscars - best picture, actor, actress, director and screenplay.
The film - and Sir Anthony Hopkins' Lecter - still have the power to chill the blood with its grisly autopsy scenes and Grand Guignol atmosphere.
Two years on from Lambs' Oscar sweep, Tom Hanks won another Oscar for his role as a lawyer with HIV fighting workplace discrimination.
The film did much to remove the stigma associated with Aids at the time, not least by earning more than $200m at the worldwide box office.
"We wanted to reach people who don't know people with Aids, who look down on people with Aids," Demme told Rolling Stone in 1994.
"We were calculated about it. We set out to make a movie dealing with Aids discrimination, and there it is."
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