Jonathan Demme and the Making of 'The Manchurian Candidate'

Synopsis: Jonathan Demme talks about how he got his start in the film industry and his journey from working with producer Roger Corman to his status today as an Academy Award winning Hollywood director. Going behind the scenes of "The Manchurian Candidate", he speaks of his working methods, his relationships with actors, and the various themes to be found throughout his work.
Genre: Documentary
24 min

I'm sorry, excuse me?

Won the Medal.

Been... Been the hero.

Well, sir, I'm just...

I'm just proud that I was there.

Thank you.

Thank you very much.


- Major Marco?

- Yes.

Al Melvin, sir.

Corporal Melvin.

From your unit, Desert Storm.

Corporal Melvin. How you doing?

I have these dreams, sir.

- Dreams?

- Yes, sir.

Kuwait. It's you and me,

Ingram and Baker and...

...Raymond Shaw.


See, I remember it happened

like you just said,

and then...

...I don't.


...we had it pretty rough

over there, Melvin.

That was a long time ago.

Memories shift.

Do you have dreams, sir?

Everybody has dreams, corporal.

No, not these.

No, I don't.

I write it all down.

You know, like, every night,

right when I wake up,

I try to get it down.

It doesn't always come together,

you know,

not everything that I can remember.

Maybe you should go

to the V.A. Hospital,

talk to one of the doctors.

- I've been to doctors, man.

- Okay.

I'm just... I'm just...

I'm just a little stuck, sir.

Because I remember, okay, Shaw...

Shaw, okay...

Shaw saving us, right...

...but that doesn't make sense,


...that should've been you.

Okay, if Shaw is in the Hummer...

...the Toyota is here...

All right. Just get up, get up.

Listen, it's...

That's over with. That's done.

Okay? You gotta move on.

What I was hoping is that,

you know, maybe...

You need some money

or something?

- No, no, sir.

- Wait a minute.

I don't need your money, man.

All right. It was great to see you.



Paper or plastic, sir?


With public anxiety being rekindled

by the events of Bloody Friday,

with the war on terror continuing into

yet another year, no end in sight,

the worries just continue to grow.

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