Thursday, April 27, 2017

Johnathan Demme ("Philadelphia") passes away from cancer

Director and screenwriter Johathan Demme, who gave us “Philadelphia” (1993) and “Silence of the Lambs” (1991) has passed away at age 73 of esophageal cancer. The New York Times obituary is here.

He was about five months younger than me.

The film “Philadelphia”(written by Ron Nsywaner, from Sony TriStar Pictures) stars Tom Hanks as a gay lawyer Andrew Beckett who sues a law firm that employed him for discrimination for having HIV.  He will go on to succumb to HIV.  The film did have a shocking scene involving Kaposi’s Sarcoma.

I remember seeing the film on a bitterly cold Saturday in early 1994 at the old Pentagon City complex in Arlington.

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