Director Jonathan Demme passed away this morning in New York at the age of 73. According to Demme’s family, the director died of esophageal cancer and complications related to heart disease.
Demme is best known for directing classics like The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, the Spalding Gray monologue Swimming to Cambodia, and the Talking Heads concert film Stop Making Sense. Like many great filmmakers, his career began making Roger Corman movies (Angels Hard as They Come, Caged Heat). He went on to make a string of successful comedies in the 1980s, including Something Wild and Married to the Mob. Demme would win an Academy Award for The Silence of the Lambs. Demme’s other works include the acclaimed documentary The Agronomist and three separate film projects with Neil Young.
Flixist offers its condolences to Demme’s family and loved ones.[via Indiewire]