The Last Waltz, the late multi-genre director Jonathan Demme’s landmark 1984 “concert film” Stop Making Sense, makes good sense as outstanding cinema, as cinematography, as collaboration and more. The Frida Cinema kicks off, sensibly, its Stranger than Fiction documentary series with screening of the stylishly iconic and provocative Talking Heads and backing ensemble shot at an LA show featuring the gesticulation, perturbation, African syncopation and cryptically, mysteriously, richly reductivist lyrics which so define their experimental pop genius. Digitally remastered. Dolby. Surround Sound. Oh, and David Byrne’s famous Big Suit.
It’s rare that a music film compliments a musical performance but, along with Scorsese’s