Oscar winning film-maker emerged from the American independent incident, and went on to target a fibre of major social-issue films
Film director Jonathan Demme, best known for The Stillnes of the Lambs and Something Wild, has died at the age of 73. His publicist told Variety that the cause of demise was cancer complications.
The Silence of the Lambs, the horror-thriller changed from Thomas Harris novel, was the high point of his vocation as a mainstream film-maker: the cinema triumphed five Oscars, including best head for Demme, and constituted its central character, Hannibal Lecter, into a household name.
However, “its been” untypical of Demmes career, both before and after its 1991 liberation. Having spent much of the 1960 s living in London and acting as a music columnist, Demme cut his teeth in the no-budget institution of Roger Corman: first as a columnist, then gaining his first directorial approval on the prison flick Caged Heat in 1974.( Its tag line: Womens prison USA Rape Riot and Revenge! White Hot Desires softening freezing prison sword !)
After placing two other movies for Corman, Demme procured a niche in the burgeoning independent cinema scene with his 1980 cinema Melvin and Howard, a comedy about a former milkman who claims to be the heir of Howard Hughes. Later in the same decade, Demme ended the yuppie-in-peril comedy Something Wild, which established Melanie Griffith one of her early successful roles.
The Silence of the Lambs, he read afterward, was a great hysterical stupor to everybody concerned, but he appeared to being disquieted by the disputes that accompanied it, and subsequently has been focused on movies that showed his own politically radical credentials. Philadelphia, which performed Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance and returned Aids and lesbian attributes into the mainstream. Meanwhile, Beloved, released after 1998, was an adaptation of Toni Morrisons influential fiction about slavery.