Although he's directed some pretty big movies, director Jonathan Demme ('The Silence of the Lambs,' 'Philadelphia') says he's appalled at how much it costs to make "high-style films" these days.

"I am not comfortable spending a lot of money on a movie any more," Demme said at the Aruba Film Festival, where he was honored for 'The Agronomist,' a documentary about assassinated Haitian journalist Jean Dominick.

His last major film, 2004's 'The Manchurian Candidate,' cost $80 million and earned only $65 in domestic box office.

"[That movie] cost a fortune. It was just so much money. You see something like 'Napoleon Dynamite' made for under $100,000 and you're like f--k, I can't beat that," Demme said. "The effort going into making these huge budget Hollywood movies wasn't for me."
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