Jonathan Demme , Acclaimed Director Behind Silence Of The Lambs Dies At 73

Acclaimed Academy Award-winning director Jonathan Demme has passed away, at the age of 73. In a career that spanned nearly 50 years, Jonathan Demme was the directorial force behind some of Hollywood’s best-known films. Though his filmography contains a diverse range of titles, his most famous works undoubtedly remain The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and Philadelphia (1993).

For The Silence of the Lambs, he won the Oscar for Best Director; the film also became only the third movie in history to win all the major categories at the Awards (Best Picture, Director, Actor, Actress, Adapted Screenplay). To this day it remains one of cinema’s most iconic films with a terrifying turn by Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter; it has been selected for preservation in the United States Library of Congress.

The AIDS drama “Philadelphia” nabbed Tom Hanks his first of two consecutive Oscars, and showed Demme wasn’t afraid of tackling sensitive subjects.

Among Jonathan Demme’s other works include Married to the Mob( 1988), a 2004 remake of The Manchurian CandidateRachel Getting Married (2008) and his last film Ricki and the Flash (2015) with Meryl Streep.

Before the Cyborgs expresses its gratitude to Jonathan Demme for his contribution to film, and sadness at his passing. We extend condolences to all family and friends of Mr. Demme.


Michael Vecchio
Michael Vecchio
Michael Vecchio is a contributing writer for Before The Cyborgs. A graduate of the University of Alberta, he is a keen follower of events in the world of film, as well as politics and history. You can also hear him podcast about film and politics



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