Stop Making Sense (1984)

All Library locations will be closed on Monday, September 1, in observance of Labor Day.

This summer’s Off-the-Wall film series features music-heavy titles from 1984. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars on the Rooftop Terrace.
Off-the-Wall Film Series - 1984: Rave New World
Friday, September 19, 2014

The 2014 edition of the long-running Off-the-Wall Film Series, co-presented by The Kansas City Public Library and The Pitch, features musically-themed titles from 1984.

Under the direction of Jonathan Demme, David Byrne and the Talking Heads deliver one of the greatest concert movies ever in Stop Making Sense. Featured are Heads classics like “Take Me to the River,” “Psycho Killer,” “Once in a Lifetime,” and “Burning Down the House.” Not to mention an appearance by Byrne’s “big suit.”

These five films, presented on one Friday each month from May through September on the Rooftop Terrace of the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St., offer a tuneful sampling of what Americans were listening to 30 years ago. Featured are such musical artists as Prince and the Talking Heads, an early cinematic celebration of break dancing, and a classic cult film noted for its innovative musical soundtrack.

      MAY 23 — Footloose (1984; R)
      JUNE 20 — Breakin’ (1984; PG)
      JULY 18 — Purple Rain (1984; R)
      AUGUST 15 — Repo Man (1984; R)
      SEPTEMBER 19 — Stop Making Sense (1984; NR)


Co-sponsored by KC Bier Company, The Milwaukee Delicatessen Company, and the Independent Filmmakers Coalition of Kansas City