Film Night: The Silence Of The Lambs

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On Seat's Edge - The Art of the Thriller

The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - Jonathan Demme.

'A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.' The Silence of the Lambs sets the template for the Hollywood thriller of the 90s but as with most innovators in genre, it has been often imitated but never bettered. Anthony Hopkins stars as the elegant psychopath, Dr. Hannibal Lecter whose insights into the criminal mind could hold the key to solving of a spate of horrific serial murders. He is interviewed, by FBI trainee Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, who engages in a deadly battle of wits with the Doctor, attempting to outflank the master manipulator. And then there is the killer, known only as 'Buffalo Bill' and a trail of moths found in the mouths of severed heads. Foster engages in a career highlight as Starling, one of the great Hollywood detectives, who risks everything to pursue Justice into a land of sadism and terror, a space where we hope we never return, but to which we are unable to look away from, now that the mouth of madness has opened and is laughing boldly at us...

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