History Literature / TheSilenceOfTheLambs

16th Oct '17 4:52:30 PM SasquatchJim
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* DramaticGunCock: [[spoiler: Gumb does this purely out of habit, and it's what gets him killed.]]


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* ShownTheirWork: A surprising amount regarding Buffalo Bill's choice of weapon. The narration, and medical reports, note that he likes firing .38 Special Wadcutters out of his Colt Python (a .357 revolver.) Not only is he is likely inexperienced with guns and the .38s provide less recoil than the standard .357, but the wadcutter wounds are well-known for causing minimal damage to pelts and skins due to not expanding. Given what Buffalo Bill's plans for them are, this makes total sense.
** Similarly, Starling's use of the SMith & Wesson Model 13 is accurate to the FBI's service weapon at the time.
16th Oct '17 4:45:13 PM SasquatchJim
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** Could also be extended to Barney, one of Lecter's chief guards. Lecter has nothing but respect for his professionalism, to the point that [[spoiler: after his escape, he makes it completely clear that he bears no ill-will towards Barney and does not plan on coming after him.]] In fact, his escape is partially executed due to Barney not being there to keep security to its usually-high standards.
16th Oct '17 4:42:03 PM SasquatchJim
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* BreakThemByTalking: Hannibal, giving his psychiatrist background, is ''extremely'' good at this, to the point that he's easily able to talk Miggs into committing suicide following his disrespecting of Starling.
15th Sep '17 9:52:08 AM Littleroadyman
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** The prisoners at Crawford's penitentiary call Migs a "stupid fuck" and a "freak" after he tosses a wad of his semen at Clarice.
9th Aug '17 10:53:22 PM PaulA
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This book was a huge success, and was adapted into an even more successful 1991 film directed by Creator/JonathanDemme, starring Creator/JodieFoster as Clarice and Creator/AnthonyHopkins in a career-defining performance as Lecter; the film became the third, and to this day, the last film ever to win all five major Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay), which for a February-released thriller/horror film was astonishing. (The other two films to sweep the major Oscars are ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.) Of all the Hannibal Lecter books and films, ''The Silence of the Lambs'' is perhaps the only true classic, and indeed both series are often referred to as "The Silence of the Lambs Series". It was followed by a sequel, ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'' (1999) and a prequel, ''Literature/HannibalRising'' (2006).

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This book was a huge success, and was adapted into an even more successful 1991 film directed by Creator/JonathanDemme, starring Creator/JodieFoster as Clarice and Creator/AnthonyHopkins in a career-defining performance as Lecter; the film became the third, and to this day, the last film ever to win all five major Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay), which for a February-released thriller/horror film was astonishing. (The other two films to sweep the major Oscars are ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.''Film/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.) Of all the Hannibal Lecter books and films, ''The Silence of the Lambs'' is perhaps the only true classic, and indeed both series are often referred to as "The Silence of the Lambs Series". It was followed by a sequel, ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'' (1999) and a prequel, ''Literature/HannibalRising'' (2006).
19th Jun '17 10:38:33 AM Mdumas43073
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This book was a huge success, and was adapted into an even more successful 1991 film starring Creator/JodieFoster as Clarice and Creator/AnthonyHopkins in a career-defining performance as Lecter; the film became the third, and to this day, the last film ever to win all five major Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay), which for a February-released thriller/horror film was astonishing. (The other two films to sweep the major Oscars are ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.) Of all the Hannibal Lecter books and films, ''The Silence of the Lambs'' is perhaps the only true classic, and indeed both series are often referred to as "The Silence of the Lambs Series". It was followed by a sequel, ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'' (1999) and a prequel, ''Literature/HannibalRising'' (2006).

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This book was a huge success, and was adapted into an even more successful 1991 film directed by Creator/JonathanDemme, starring Creator/JodieFoster as Clarice and Creator/AnthonyHopkins in a career-defining performance as Lecter; the film became the third, and to this day, the last film ever to win all five major Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay), which for a February-released thriller/horror film was astonishing. (The other two films to sweep the major Oscars are ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.) Of all the Hannibal Lecter books and films, ''The Silence of the Lambs'' is perhaps the only true classic, and indeed both series are often referred to as "The Silence of the Lambs Series". It was followed by a sequel, ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'' (1999) and a prequel, ''Literature/HannibalRising'' (2006).
18th Jun '17 2:57:34 AM Aurelian
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* ForTheEvulz: Gumb gets a kick out of going after Clarice at the end, as "he'd never hunted one that was armed before."
13th Jun '17 12:23:03 AM QuineGears
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** This potentially qualifies as [[ShownTheirWork showing their work]], noting that police officers are often trained to immediately load an empty gun. Further, Clarice reloads her revolver by opening the cylinder lock with her strong-hand thumb and cradling the cylinder and holding the gun with her weak hand while performing the actual reload with the strong hand. This is a [[BoringButPractical boring but practical]] technique that usually gets missed in films, most preferring to go the wrist-flicking strong hand hold and weak hand reload with cylinder twirl.

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** This potentially qualifies as [[ShownTheirWork showing their work]], noting that police officers are often trained to immediately load an empty gun. Further, gun regardless of whether or not the fight is over.
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Clarice reloads her revolver by opening the cylinder lock with her strong-hand thumb and cradling the cylinder and holding shifting the gun with to her weak (left) hand while and performing the actual reload with the strong (right) hand. This is a [[BoringButPractical boring but practical]] technique that usually gets missed in films, most preferring to go the wrist-flicking strong hand hold cylinder-twirling route. The rationale behind this technique is that the more dexterous of the two hands should be used for the critical bits of the reload; the off-hand is more likely to fumble and weak hand reload with cylinder twirl.drop the speedloader.
13th Jun '17 12:07:23 AM QuineGears
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** This potentially qualifies as [[ShownTheirWork showing their work]], noting that police officers are often trained to immediately load an empty gun. Further, Clarice reloads her revolver by opening the cylinder lock with her strong-hand thumb and cradling the cylinder and holding the gun with her weak hand while performing the actual reload with the strong hand. This is a [[BoringButPractical boring but practical]] technique that usually gets missed in films, most preferring to go the wrist-flicking strong hand hold and weak hand reload with cylinder twirl.
29th May '17 4:33:47 PM JMQwilleran
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* AmbiguousSyntax: Hannibal Lecter tells Clarice at the end of the film over the phone that he'd love to chat with her longer, but he's having an old friend for dinner.
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