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David Byrne's American Utopia

(Rated M)

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“What if we could eliminate everything from the stage, except the stuff we care about the most?”

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Documenting Talking Heads frontman David Byrne’s hit 2019 Broadway show of the same name, American Utopia is a euphoric, politically engaged concert film from Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee. A showcase for Byrne’s distinctive blend of music and ideas that recalls Stop Making Sense in its high-energy display of pure joy and peerless showmanship, the show brings together an international ensemble of 11 musicians and dancers. Filmed at New York City’s historic Hudson Theatre on Broadway, we see classic hits like “This Must Be the Place” and “Once in a Lifetime” take on new life, mixed in with more recent tracks and a show-stopping cover of Janelle Monáe’s “Hell You Talmbout”. An infectious and masterfully crafted affirmation of both Lee and Byrne’s supertalents, this might be the perfect film for right now.

Official Selection
— Toronto International Film Festival 2020
“A joyous expression of art, empathy and compassion”
— RogerEbert.com
“Pure bliss. A perfect complement to Stop Making Sense
— Rolling Stone
“An all-time great concert film. An outstanding collaboration between two essential artists”
— Vanity Fair
“One of the best movies of its kind. A life-affirming, euphoria-producing, soul-energising protest film”
— IndieWire

Why You Should See This Film

You may find yourself in a beautiful cinema, watching a beautiful film. And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here? Find yourself in another part of the world with this musical extravaganza, which brought down the house as the opening night film of the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival.


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  • Year: 2020
  • Rating: M
  • Director: Spike Lee
  • Cast: David Byrne
  • Duration: 105 minutes
  • Language: English
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