PHILADELPHIA
1993, Sony Repertory, 125 min, USA, Dir: Jonathan Demme

In one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to deal with AIDS, Tom Hanks stars as a young attorney suffering from the disease who must retain a small-time lawyer (Denzel Washington) to lead a wrongful termination suit against his former employer. This acclaimed drama costars Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas and Joanne Woodward, and earned Oscars for Hanks' moving performance and Bruce Springsteen's original song "Streets of Philadelphia."


THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
1991, Park Circus/MGM, 118 min, USA, Dir: Jonathan Demme

Break out the fava beans and Chianti! Newbie FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) undergoes a trial by fire when she’s asked to track down the deadly Buffalo Bill. In search of leads, Clarice interviews another serial killer, Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), whose confinement in prison makes him no less dangerous. This hit thriller is one of only three films to win Oscars in all the top five categories: Best Picture, Actor, Actress, Director and Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally).


WHO AM I THIS TIME?
1982, SpectiCast, 53 min, USA, Dir: Jonathan Demme

Shy hardware store clerk Christopher Walken becomes a different person when performing in local theater; new arrival Susan Sarandon is cast opposite him in “A Streetcar Named Desire” without realizing that his Stanley Kowalski is just an act. This production for TV’s “American Playhouse” series was adapted from a Kurt Vonnegut short story and features music by John Cale.


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