Filmmaker Jonathan Demme died aged 73

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Demme won later consistent acclaim as the director of such diverse movies as the Talking Heads concert film “Stop Making Sense”; “Philadelphia,” the 1993 drama starring Tom Hanks as a lawyer battling AIDS; and “Beloved” and more. Demme was known for a compassionate approach to his characters and his use of dramatic close-ups. He also was a big lover of music, filling his movies with songs and directing documentaries or videos for such artists as Neil Young, the Pretenders, Bruce Springsteen and Justin Timberlake. “I am heartbroken to lose a friend, a mentor, a guy so singular and dynamic you’d have to design a hurricane to contain him,” Jodie Foster said in a statement  today. “He was the grandest of men,” said Tom Hanks, who won an Oscar for “Philadelphia.”

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