The Silence of the Lambs
To enter the mind of a killer she must challenge the mind of a madman.
FBI trainee Clarice Starling ventures into a maximum-security asylum to pick the diseased brain of Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist turned homicidal cannibal. Starling needs clues to help her capture a serial killer. Unfortunately, her Faustian relationship with Lecter soon leads to his escape, and now two deranged killers are on the loose.
Jonathan Demme's 1991 film adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs opens with Clarice Starling running through the woods on FBI training. She struggles up a hill, and, out of breath, runs past a tree with signs nailed to it saying "Hurt. Agony. Pain. Love it." Within seconds the film has suggested one of its most important themes - the blurring of the distinction between pleasure and pain.
The key to the story’s success is that its characters are never two dimensional. The “baddies” are never understood by their crimes alone, and the “goodies” are flawed, meaning that judgement is never easy. Hannibal Lecter is a gentleman as well as a convicted murderer and cannibal, and has a surprising capacity…
The first time I saw this I hadn't read the book. Now, some fifteen years later I have read the books, but had never revisited the film. While I don't care for the interpretation of Hannibal Lecter, there is no denying the display of strong filmmaking and superb acting.
This is a modern classic in so far that it focusses on the psychological aspects of the cat and mouse game, in stead of merely making it about the thrills. There are of course many classic films that have done this before, but most films these days don't seem to care to delve this deeply into the psyche of its characters. The Silence of…
22 years old, and it has maintained its high levels of chill and horror in that time. In fact time may just have indeed enhanced it.
This is a masterpiece in characterisation. All three of the main pragmatists are superb. It would be very easy for Foster's Clarice to be dwarfed by the sheer evil that she has to share the screen with, but it is testament to her performance that she is not. It's a pity that Silence of the Lamb isn't really remember for her excellence. Of course it's Hopkins and Levine that are remembered, but the brilliance of Jonathan Demme's direction that makes their performances stand out. There is some masterly mood lighting on show every time they appear on screen. Combined with the mood sound effects that seem to play constantly, extreme drama is provided.
Is it a thriller or a horror? Well, it's both. But mainly its a masterpiece. Of any genre.
I don't know how I ended up seeing Hannibal (the sequel to this) first. Maybe because it was on TV years ago, but I am excited to say I watched The Silence of the Lambs once and for all. What I admire the most about this film is Jonathan's Demme ability to make the viewer be constantly surprised and shocked with how some of the major scenes turn out to be. He really managed to create a masterful work of suspense here.
The performances of the cast are all pretty solid, but Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter is truly mesmerizing, portraying this cannibal psychopath. He always gave me the chills, being both fearful and likeable for his eloquent speeches.…
Still has moments that scare the shit out of me,even now.
DISCLAIMER: THIS AN EXTENSIVE ANALYIS OF The Silence of the Lambs
"Have the lambs stopped screaming Clarice"
Jonathan Demme’s adaptation of Thomas Harris’ novel of the same name is a difficult film to digest. The film hits on many disturbing topics of seemingly unthinkable things but is handled in a masterful way that the film alleviates the audience to see the beauty within this beast. The film centers on a female FBI student (Clarice Starling played by Foster) on the hunt for a despicable serial-killer (Jame Gumb portrayed by Ted Levine) with the help from the intellectual and sick in his own rights, Hannibal Lector (Sir Anthony Hopkins). With the help of a superlative screenplay that explores the abyssal of…
Every time I watch this movie, it gets creepier and creepier. In my opinion it's one of the scariest movies of all time. The scene after the whole cage break....chilling, seriously. BUt in all seriousness, this movie is so well done, and the acting is just amazing. I can't even begin to imagine a better Hannibal Lecter than Anthony Hopkins. It's a shame that the other two films weren't as great as this, but I guess when you have something this near-perfect, it's pretty hard to top!
Suffers from an all-too-hammy performance from Hopkins that feels like it's from a different film to Foster's understated Clarice.
Buffalo Bill, así como Jonathan Demme, es dueño del 'masfino' gusto musical, ¿no?
[para análisis tipo Luis Reséndiz, sugiero su casi obsceno uso de tomas subjetivas, en su mayoría pertenecientes a Clarice Starling]
A Focus on the Male Gaze
The Silence of the Lambs follows FBI agent Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) in her attempt to pursue serial killer Jame ‘Buffalo Bill’ Gumb (Ted Levine) with the help of an imprisoned conniving killer, Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins). Starling confides bits of her dark past to Lecter in the hopes of collecting enough information to pinpoint the exact location of Buffalo Bill and rescue the victim he holds captive. Foster’s performance is one of delicacy, strength, and vulnerability – her ambition and naivete carry the story. Hopkins is unforgettable as the man with a sinister appetite – he devours every second of his screen time. Levine is mad and unhinged and dominant all at…
"Don't you feel eyes moving all over your body? And don't your eyes seek out the things you want?"
these people all want so badly to transform because they are in pain. they look right at us and tell us. we see them transforming.
An unexpected near-masterpiece boasting a brilliant cast, screenplay, and a bleak visual design, this deserving 1991 Best Picture Oscar winner is always the perfect choice for a dreary day like today.
It holds up rather well, even after perusing the novel.