The Silence Of The Lambs (1991) Directed by Jonathan Demme
I remember my dad telling me about Silence of The Lambs way back when he had just seen it in the movies in the early nineties and I was a kid. I decided that it was pretty much the scariest thing ever, while I wondered how much of the Hannibal Lecter imitation was actually from the film and how much was just my dad...It took me forever to watch the movie myself, but now I have seen it twice. Can you believe me if I tell you that it was actually my idea to watch it again? I can't.
|Anthony Hopkins in Silence of The Lambs|
|Jodie Foster in Silence of The Lambs|
Lets ignore the earlier Manhunter (sadly most people have forgotten Michael Mann's first go at a big screen Hannibal Lecter), and get to the nitty gritty of why Silence Of the Lambs still retains that thing that makes it a cut above most thrillers. Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter remains one of the big screens mightiest portrayals of calm evil, an intelligent carnivore of speedy thought and cutting wit. Hopkins steals this film and effortlessly. A nudge and a wink will get you far, but the suspense builds in the Silence Of The Lambs – just waiting for the next moment that Lecter appears on screen (Hopkins probably occupies less than 15 minutes of screen time here).
|Clarice Starling rises through the ranks|
|Lecter kept under close scrutiny|