American Utopia Review : Pop Culture Happy Hour David Byrne and Spike Lee. Two artists with very defined, very distinct, and yet very different, sensibilities — but when you put them together, it works. The theatrical concert film David Byrne's American Utopia, now streaming on HBO Max, is a career-spanning celebration of Byrne's music, both with Talking Heads and his solo work. Director Spike Lee shoots the stage of Broadway's Hudson Theater from a host of angles to capture the exuberant, rollicking — yet rigorously choreographed energy — of Byrne and his fellow barefoot, silver-gray-suited performers.
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'American Utopia': David Byrne's Coming To My House, Via HBO

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'American Utopia': David Byrne's Coming To My House, Via HBO

'American Utopia': David Byrne's Coming To My House, Via HBO

'American Utopia': David Byrne's Coming To My House, Via HBO

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American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee, captures a filmed performance of David Byrne's acclaimed Broadway production. David Lee/HBO hide caption

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American Utopia, directed by Spike Lee, captures a filmed performance of David Byrne's acclaimed Broadway production.

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David Byrne and Spike Lee. Two artists with very defined, very distinct, and yet very different, sensibilities — but when you put them together, it works. The theatrical concert film David Byrne's American Utopia, now streaming on HBO Max, is a career-spanning celebration of Byrne's music, both with Talking Heads and his solo work. Director Spike Lee shoots the stage of Broadway's Hudson Theater from a host of angles to capture the exuberant, rollicking — yet rigorously choreographed energy — of Byrne and his fellow barefoot, silver-gray-suited performers.

The audio was produced by Mike Katzif and edited by Jessica Reedy.