Saturday, April 29, 2017
Demme's "The Silence of the Lambs" introduced Hannibal Lecter
In remembering Johnathan Demme, let us not forget “The Silence of the Lambs” (1991, based on the novel by Thomas Harris), simply billed at the time as “a major motion picture”, from Orion Pictures. The Director’s Cut ran 138 minutes. I saw it at an old AMC complex at Bailey’s Crossroads, Virginia, long since torn down.
Jodie Foster, as Clarice Starling, had to keep her own head above water as Anthony Hopkins, as Dr. Hannibal Lecter. played the renegade psychiatrist, his jaws kept in traction in jail, who has to help her solve a case.
Hannibal would return to “public life” in 2000 in Italy, eating the brains of a man who remained conscious as his scalp was removed.
Demme has to deal with a gay backlash in 1991, as Slate explains.