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Friday Movie Flashback: ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

This 1991 psychological thriller from award-winning director Jonathan Demme is a timeless work of art. ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ still strikes fear in the hearts of audiences even 23 years after it was first shown in cinemas.

Premiering on Valentine’s Day in 1991, ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ was far from being the ideal movie, but it bested the other movies with its various awards and blockbuster status

Director Jonathan Demme crafted a truly chilling and disturbing film in the form of ‘The Silence of the Lambs.’ The film was not just an ordinary serial killer flick that entails spooky scenes and gratuitous violence, it also engaged viewers in deeper level. Fear was a constant factor that kept you on the edge of your seat – whether it’s the serial killer Bufallo Bill’s time to shine or Dr. Hannibal Lecter’s brief spiel on screen. Writer Thomas Harris immortalized the crazed Dr. Hannibal Lecter with his series of books that also have different film and TV adaptations.

Suspense really grips you as you watch the film. Scenes that are meant to shock will do just that. The tension between Jodie Foster’s Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins’ Hannibal Lecter grows so thick you can almost cut through it with a knife. ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ offers a menacing take on psychological thrillers with a subtle approach – calm and composed but is actually emotionally charged.

One of the more notable parts of the film is the part where FBI Agent Clarice Starling seeks the help of the cannibal Dr. Hannibal Lecter to catch the serial killer named Buffalo Bill. Starling just offers herself up to Lecter (who toys with her psychologically and emotionally) to get clues about who the killer really is. It is in that kind of disregard for personal safety that made Foster’s portrayal all the more convincing.

The film got more than just Oscar nods, it garnered a total of five Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay for Ted Tally, Best Director for Jonathan Demme, Best Actor for Hopkins, and Best Actress for Jodie Foster.

The Silence of the Lambs is a classic in the most basic sense. Years from now, it will still shock and instill fear in the hearts of viewers young and old.

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A Peek Behind the Scenes of ‘The Silence of the Lambs’

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