Feb 26, 2008

The Silence of the Lambs


I have very fond memories of watching The Silence of the Lambs at the ripe age of 5 years old. I remember watching Buffalo Bob covered in make-up and dancing with his “weewee” between his legs. This very memorable scene (with the haunting song “Goodbye Horses” by Q Lazarus) scared and perplexed the shit out of me. My Mom assured me that the “man” had his penis hidden between his legs.

Now I am in my early twenties and The Silence of the Lambs still entertains me. The film brought the serial killer to the mainstream. Director Jonathan Demme had for the most part only worked in the comedy genre. Demme’s niche from comedy even surfaces in The Silence of the Lambs (whether it was intentional or not). The cinematic crafting of the film demonstrates Demme’s knack for detail and perfection. I generally don’t like films that are too contrived (as for the most part they are soulless). The Silence of the Lambs is a notable exception.


The Silence of the lambs is no doubt a feminist film. I often loathe estrogen driven films. They are generally poor films that hide their sloppiness behind a “good” and “empowering” message. The Silence of the Lambs shows the strength of a female (played by Jodie Foster) through her progressive drive, intellect, and powerful self-reliance. There is no preachy message to “enlighten” misogynist souls.

Anthony Hopkins is superb as Hannibal Lector of course. He is quite the loveable guy with a type of charisma that can't be bought at an evangelical church. I wouldn’t mind having dinner with Hannibal as long as I get to cook. We could dine over a discussion of other man eaters such as Jeffrey Dahmer, Ed Gein, and the more recent Armin Meiwes.

The Silence of the Lambs is Jonathan Demme’s greatest achievement. I also have to say the same about Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins. Although it’s not Jörg Buttgereit’s Schramm, it holds it's place in serial killer cinema history. Being the only horror film to win the Academy award for best picture, The Silence of the Lambs has somewhat subverted the mainstream. Much props to hack Jonathan Demme.


-Ty E

3 comments:

serendipity w. relative mediocrity. said...

silence of the lambs is a pile of unwatchable bollocks and one of the most ludicrously over-rated films of the 90`s along with reservoir dogs which was also total shit.

Soiled Sinema said...

we appreciate everyone`s right to express an opinion, however we would like to know something, why is your name so absurd, i mean "serendipity w. relative mediocrity" that really is a quite ludicrous name.

serendipity w. relative mediocrity said...

i`ve never really given it much thought, its the name on my birth certificate and thats all there is to it.