After another prolonged absence, I'm back with several updates I've been meaning to add for months. As you've probably noticed, much of Storefront Demme is currently out-of-date. I'm working to ammend this. For now, the Links section has been updated. I've removed obsolete links and added several new interviews with Pauline Kael and Roger Corman. Best of all, I've added the long awaited 42 minute video of Roger Corman's lecture from the Fox Searchlab series. Also of note, the most recent entry in this series is with Robert Newman, one of the most noteworthy agents of directors in the movie industry today. He is also Jonathan Demme's agent.
I would also like to bring to everyone's attention A Letter to True. I recently caught this new film by Bruce Weber at The Montreal Festival of New Cinema where it was probably the best film I saw. At one point in the film, Weber discusses The Agronomist and an influential conversation he had with Jonathan Demme after a screening of that film. Anyway, it's an amazingly compassionate, aesthetically rich film and, while it may be difficult to find, it's certainly worth finding.
As for The Manchurian Candidate, it's been an enormous critical success and at least a moderate box office success, earning roughly $65.6 million in the United Sates alone. With an estimated budget of $80 million, this may be a little disappointing but it's still Jonathan Demme's third highest grossing film after Philadelphia ($77.4 million) and The Silence of the Lambs ($130.7 million). For more, see Box Office Mojo's Jonathan Demme page.
I've also added links to Cinema Confidential's interviews with Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep, as well as a Jonathan Demme radio interview from NPR and a Fresh Air special on The Manchurian Candidate.
Next update: DVD news and updates.