Stop Making Sense


Director Jonathan Demme captures the frantic energy and artsy groove of the Talking Heads in this concert movie shot at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in 1983. The band's frontman, David Byrne, first appears on an empty stage, armed with only an acoustic guitar, and is gradually joined by bassist Tina Weymouth, drummer Chris Frantz, keyboardist Jerry Harrison and a cadre of backup singers as they perform the band's hits, culminating in an iconic performance featuring Byrne in an enormous suit.

Since its release, Stop Making Sense has received virtually universal acclaim. Film critic Leonard Maltin called it "one of the greatest rock movies ever made", while The New Yorker columnist Pauline Kael  described it as "...close to perfection." Receipent of the National Society of Film Critics Award for best documentary in 1984, the film is ranked #31 on Time Out London's list of "50 greatest music films ever".



Celebrating the intersection of music and movies, the Empirical presents a three-month long series of music influenced cinema, from concerts and documentaries to feature-length films. Designed to complement OMSI's latest exhibition Guitar: The Instrument That Rocked The World, the Music + Film Series encompasses a wide variety of music cinema with artists from Green Day to Glen Campbell and features from The Sound of Music to The Blues Brothers.


The Willamette Week hails this line-up as "one of the best music-based film series in recent memory."


Music + Film Pass | Single show tickets are $7 adult, $6 youth/senior. Viewers interested in attending multiple screenings have the option of purchasing a Music + Film pass for $50 adult, $45 senior, or $35 youth. OMSI Members receive a $5 discount. Passes may be purchased starting October 1 at the OMSI box office or by telephone at 503-797-4000.