The Silence of the Lambs (1991) directed by Jonathan Demme
Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling

Hannibal Lecter: Why do you think he removes their skins, Agent Starling? Thrill me with your acumen.
Clarice Starling: It excites him. Most serial killers keep some sort of trophies from their victims.
Lecter: I didn’t.
Starling: No. No, you ate yours.

4 more days until Halloween!

3 Responses to “The Silence of the Lambs (1991)”

  1. The usual line that is named when discussing the film is the one with chianti and fava beans, so I can certainly appreciate the alternate take here. A terrific exchange!

    A seminal horror film, and a personal favorite, though I would have to say it doesn’t hold the stage now quite as well as it did back in 1991. Looking over the five best picture nominees of that year, I’d have to say Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST should have won the prize.

    Anyway, this film is a given for this Halloween series!

  2. So many quotable lines in this movie.

    Sam, I watched Beauty and the Beast again a few months ago and it really is such an enjoyable and entertaining movie, and it’s well-crafted in every way. It certainly would have been a worthy win.

  3. The fava beans line was the obvious first choice, but I’m aiming for a mix of the familiar classics, but also the interesting lesser-repeated exchanges that also happen to kind of typify the movie in question. This exchange sort of captures the back and forth power game between Hannibal and Clarice that was so important to the story.

    One odd thing that struck me about the film this time that I hadn’t noticed before is how many shots there are of people interacting with Clarice who are staring straight into the camera. It’s like everyone is watching her and judging her.

    It’s been ages since I’ve watched this one and it’s held up pretty well.

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