Join us for a special one-night-only screening of a film that Rolling Stone has called the “greatest concert movie ever.”
Starring: The Talking Heads; Directed by: Jonathan Demme; not rated; 88 minutes; 1984
Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of Talking Heads in this concert movie shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band’s frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar and does a solo “Psycho Killer.” He is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison for two more songs. The crew is busy, still setting up. Then, three more musicians and two back-up singers join the band. Everybody sings, plays, harmonizes, dances, and runs. They change instruments and clothes, culminating in Byrne’s appearance in the iconic Big Suit. The backdrop is often black, but sometimes it displays words, images, or children’s drawings. The band cooks for 18 songs, the lyrics are clear, the house rocks. In this concert film, the Talking Heads hardly talk, don’t stop, and always make sense.