Philadelphia directed by jonathan demme at the loews janus theater philadelphia is the first mainstream movie to deal explicitly with the aids crisis but don't let that throw you off--this is not a preachy movie, not dull or morose it is so fascinating, so touching that witnessing the movie is a cathartic. Even the critics who were supportive overlooked most of what is interesting in the film philadelphia was dismissed as “too packaged” (as if films costing over $25 million weren't always produced with an eye on demographics) demme was scolded for leaving on the cutting-room floor the scene in which.
The film also succeeds in conveying the hornet's nest of ignorance, prejudice, half-truths, and devastating lies connected with aids as joe comes to see, this scourge extracts a social death that precedes the physical one in revealing the insidiousness of abuse against persons with aids, denzel washington's performance. On nov 12, narrative medicine hosts a day of discussions and performances to commemorate the 20th anniversary of philadelphia, a film that changed the public's awareness of aids.
For a film maker who thrives on taking chances, philadelphia sounds like the biggest gamble of all as the first high-profile hollywood film to take the aids plague seriously, jonathan demme's latest work has stubborn preconceptions to overcome as well as enormous potential to make waves what it.