Fave Film #21 – Silence of the Lambs (1991)

1991

Cast- Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Ted Levine, Scott Glenn

It was the top 5 Oscars – Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay

FBI trainee, Clarisse Starling is sent to interview Hannibal Lecter, the mass murderer, to see if he can help the FBI find the serial killer known as Buffalo Bill.  When the daughter of an important Senator goes missing and Buffalo Bill is the suspect, time is short and Clarisse must rely on Hannibal’s help.

Why I love it – I think the number one reason I love this film is Anthony Hopkin’s chilling portrayal of Hannibal ‘the Cannibal’ Lecter.  I could not tear my eyes away from his cold glare and his creepy voice.  He is what most people remember about this movie and he is onscreen for only 16 minutes.  How awesome do you have to be to win a Best Actor Oscar for only 16 minutes of face time?!  I love his  psychoanalysis of Clarisse and Buffalo Bill, even if I don’t exactly approve of his eating habits.

And a close second to why I love this movie is Jodie Foster’s tough, yet vulnerable Clarisse.  She’s a woman in a male dominated field and it only makes her work harder.  I love the scene in the car with her boss Crawford when she throws his apology for treating her differently in front of the men back in his face.  She does not make a scene, but she does make her point.

This is a crime thriller, horror, suspenseful drama that has is all, if you can stomach a little gore.  Okay, maybe more than a little.  I loved the series Monk and it took me two full seasons to stop picturing Captain Stottlemeyer as the crazy, skin obsessed Buffalo Bill.

I loved watching this again last night.  I had forgotten just how good it was.  I’m including one of my favorite lines from the movie.  When I order Chianti I still think of Hannibal 😉