Jonathan Demme, the legendary filmmaker responsible for directing “The Silence of the Lambs,” has passed away today in New York. His publicist revealed that Demme’s death was caused by cancer complications. He was 73 years old.
Jonathan started working in the movie business in 1971, but it wasn’t until 1991 that he became famous all across the globe. In 1991, he released “The Silence of the Lambs,” which became a huge success and is considered to be one of the most famous movies of all time. Demme won an Academy Award for Best Director for this movie, and the film even managed to win all the major categories, becoming one of three movies to do so.
Two years later, he released the movie “Philadelphia,” which was one of the first major movies to address the AIDS crisis. Since then, he has worked on quite a few movies, including the 2008 hit film “Rachel Getting Married.”
Demme had a very specific style when it came to directing. He was known for including dramatic close-ups in his movies in which the characters would be looking directly into the camera during important moments of the movie. He noted that he did this in order to put the viewer into the character’s shoes.
Jonathan is survived by his wife and their three children.