756. The Silence of the Lambs

Background info

Title: The Silence of the Lambs
Director: Jonathan Demme
Year: 1991
Run time: 1hr 58m

“Clarice Starling, a gutsy FBI trainee haunted by her past, risks her life in an attempt to save a missing woman from certain death. The desperate, deadly search for a killer makes Clarice confront her deepest fears as she must confront and befriend convicted psychopathic serial killer Dr. Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lechter, a monstrous brilliant psychiatrist, who can lead her to the murderer.”

Live blog

1:40 – Obstacle course through the woods, fun but maybe not by yourself on a foggy morning.
6:07 – “Not a job really, more of an interesting errand.”
8:49 – Oof, creepy Dr Chilton.
13:50 – I went too soon with calling someone creepy.
20:29 — That’s a pretty rubbish car she’s got.
22:54 – Proper little Jonathan Creek she is.
30:18 – “Not any more.” So few words, still so scary.
41:30 – Clarice is properly inspirational, getting her own way in a room fully of men with badges.
47:52 – People with phd’s seem to be supremely judgemental about those that don’t.
53:37 – “Plum Island Animal Disease Research Centre. Sounds charming.”
55:12 – Size 14 isn’t large, Hollywood sucks.
1:07:11 – He still doesn’t have a view, dammit.
1:13:51 – Confused why they have him in some random room in, like, a palace.
1:18;29 – That’s some really clever filmmaking.
1:20:29 – Aww, local police.
1:24:04 – Why do they need him alive? They haven’t seemed to care about the situation.
1:41:32 – His house is way close to the train tracks, what’s that about?
1:46:51 – This house is bunkerific but he has ruined it with flying insects.
1:53:20 – Literally for dinner.

Conclusions

 

Incredible film. Somehow, I’ve managed to read the book twice without ever seeing the film to go with it. But I loved it. Everyone was so good within it, and the tension, oh boy, you are drawn in every single step of the way. Foster is brilliant, and considering that Hopkins doesn’t truly get that much screen time, he’s also fantastic – a disturbing villain through and through.

The only downside, apart from the ten minute sulk I had about Hollywood’s sizing issues, is that the director’s choice to go with direct eye contact shots was good but overused. We’re seeing it from her perspective, I get that, and when the stakes are high, I’m on board. But in a diner, it felt a bit over the top.

Nevertheless, great piece of work. I’d say it hasn’t aged particularly well but I’d also say that it doesn’t need to, it’s a time capsule of art in and of itself.

Rating: 5/5.

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