By Priyarupa Sinha, L&T MHPS Boilers
Based on Thomas Harris’ best-selling novel of the same title, The Silence of the Lambs stars Jodie Foster as an aspiring FBI trainee, Clarice Starling, assigned to profile ill-famed criminal Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) as a routine exercise, but in reality to draft his knowledge to help find serial killer Buffalo Bill .
Lecter is notorious imprisoned serial killer of the most frenzied order, and in this spine-chiller movie, the career-driven Clarice makes a bargain with the devil: despite her senior’s strong reprimand Clarice discloses her personal information to Lecter in exchange for his insights into Bill’s psychological profile and, as the FBI notes, “desperately random” killing style.
There are plenty of subtle elements in director Demme’s storytelling, he uses very short flashbacks to Clarice’s childhood, and her relationship with her father — a cop who was murdered on the job tragically very young . It’s a profound experience which is dredged up in her interviews with Lecter. The interplay between Clarice and Lector as they share an indefinable, dark understanding gives the film its unforgettable and unsettling power.
With her sharp-faced intensity , honesty and confidence , Jodie Foster is outstanding as Clarice and Anthony Hopkins’ performance as Lecter is unmatchable. The high-impact closeups on his face that director Jonathan Demme creates , intercut with closeups on Clarice, are just extraordinary : making the suspense personal, and therefore way more frightening
Even after 27 years, The Silence of the Lambs doesn’t just hold up; but, startles in finesse and execution. This movie is masterclass of acting, directing, writing and cinematography ,and is a must watch for those who haven’t watched it yet.