History Literature / TheSilenceOfTheLambs

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.
15th May '17 9:10:49 AM Boggs
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* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Hannibal murders the pair of cops guarding him at his new cell by beating them to death with a nightstick. (Also, after macing one in the eyes) Hannibal is psychopath, but unlike Chilton, those cops were really nothing but decent to him.]]

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* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Hannibal murders the pair of cops guarding him at his new cell by beating them to death with a nightstick. (Also, after macing one in the eyes) Hannibal is a psychopath, but unlike Chilton, those cops were really nothing but decent to him.]]
15th May '17 9:09:16 AM Boggs
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* KickTheDog: [[spoiler: Hannibal murders the pair of cops guarding him at his new cell by beating them to death with a nightstick. (Also, after macing one in the eyes) Hannibal is psychopath, but unlike Chilton, those cops were really nothing but decent to him.]]
4th May '17 3:07:59 PM LeedsKing
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* NotSoStoic: When "it places the lotion in the basket" fails to instantly become reality, Gumb's "it does this", "it does that" routine becomes:
-->'''Buffalo Bill:''' PUT THE [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] LOTION IN THE BASKET!!

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* NotSoStoic: When "it places the lotion in the basket" fails to instantly become reality, Gumb's "it does this", "it does that" (third person statement as command) routine becomes:
-->'''Buffalo Bill:''' PUT THE [[PrecisionFStrike FUCKING]] LOTION IN THE BASKET!!BASKET!! [imperative]
31st Mar '17 11:20:53 PM shamblingdead2
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** ZigZagged when Lecter assesses that Bill is not a sadist, because the skins were removed post-mortem instead of flaying them alive.


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** In the book, Bill thinks of Catherine as "the material." He also shines a flashlight on her back and tries to figure out how he's going to insert a zipper into his suit.
31st Mar '17 11:15:53 PM shamblingdead2
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** More specifically, Bill is sexually aroused by the idea of himself as a woman. The film was heavily criticized in the trans community for portraying a transgender individual as a violent psychopath, and for its implications that Bill was turned down for surgery because he was too big and masculine to pass for a woman. The film left out a scene that clarified Bill was declined due to his psych assessment, because he had already murdered his grandparents and spent time in juvenile detention for the crime.
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