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Letters: Jonathan Demme obituary

The Guardian logo The Guardian 4 days ago Jonathan Cameron and Bob Jacobson
Jonathan Demme being interviewed at BFI Southbank. © The Guardian Jonathan Demme being interviewed at BFI Southbank.

Jeremy Cameron writes: The film-maker Jonathan Demme had a huge interest in Haitian culture: he bought art and sponsored artists, helping to promote their work particularly in the US. When he knew I was going there with my sister Sarah in the 1990s for her Caribbean Islands Handbook, he gave us contacts and arranged a guide. His name magically opened doors for us all over the country, where he was massively respected and indeed revered for his very genuine love of its art and his great generosity.

Bob Jacobson writes: A production that deserves to be added to your fine account of Jonathan Demme’s work is his version of Kurt Vonnegut’s Who Am I This Time?, shown in PBS’s American Playhouse series in 1982. It features a shy Christopher Walken alongside Susan Sarandon and Robert Ridgely in a quirky romantic comedy set in small-town America. This 53-minute piece is like a diamond come from right next door.

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