Anne Hathaway pens emotional tribute to Rachel Getting Married director Jonathan Demme

As NPR's Neda Ulaby reports, the Oscar award-winning filmmaker passed away at his home in Manhattan. "Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide how we live and what we do for a living", Hanks wrote in a statement. Here come the dancers.

Tim Robbins remembered him as "a lovely man, a great director and a kind soul", while Robbins' former partner Susan Sarandon said she was "devastated".

"They wanted to hear what we had to say", he continued. "The Silence of the Lambs", the 1991 thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as an Federal Bureau of Investigation analyst, brought him a new level of fame.

Most recently Demme directed the Meryl Streep-led comedy Ricki and the Flash in 2015 and the Justin Timberlake concert documentary Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids past year. Byrne praises Demme's versatility as an artist: "The fiction films, the music films and the docs are all filled with so much passion and love".

Although far from Demme's magnum opus, Rachel Getting Married carefully wraps up all of the director's true traits, ageing as I believe Demme hoped it would: a flawless family film, shot to the soundtrack of a new generation.

Looking at a career spanning 43 years which includes music videos, live shows, literary adaptations and Academy Awards, one might think of Jonathan Demme as a Hollywood hack.

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Stop Making Sense was character driven too.

Some reaction to the death of filmmaker Jonathan Demme. The film is centered on a Nevada service station owner who claims to be the beneficiary of the billionaire. He stuffed 49 songs into "Something Wild".

Demme followed this with a series of sparkling comedies: Swing Shift (1984), with Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn; Something Wild (1986), with Melanie Griffith and Jeff Bridges; and Married to the Mob (1988), with Michelle Pfeiffer. But there's no pity, no scorn in the director's lens, and it's a story of a man who is trying to fight for his basic rights - and that is what makes the film so inspiring.

Demme's strong political beliefs also made its way onto the screen.

Some films were misfires. There were also lackluster reviews for his 2004 remake of The Manchurian Candidate starring Streep and Denzel Washington, set in the 1990-1991 Gulf War. The film focuses entirely on her arc as she races to save the life of a young woman. Not only was it one of the best thriller films to date, the character of Clarice Starling, a young female Federal Bureau of Investigation agent trying to "level up" to her male counterparts and put her best foot forward, is one of the most feminist, un-sexualised portrayals of the leading woman we have ever seen onscreen. Earlier this month, Rock Hall CEO Greg Harris told ABC Radio that the 12-minute film compresses 31 years of footage from Hall induction ceremonies into "an immersive experience based on the emotions of rock 'n roll". Demme's other great fictional NY movie, Married to the Mob, dips into city fantasies, too, and the great thing about Demme is the open delight he brings to finding situations worthy of daydreams.

"He died from complications from oesophageal cancer and is survived by his children Ramona, age 29, and her husband James Molloy, Brooklyn, age 26, and Jos, age 21". His family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Americans for Immigrant Justice.

  • Stacy Houston