History Literature / TheSilenceOfTheLambs

23rd Apr '18 7:06:37 PM eroock
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* GenreBusting: ''Silence of the Lambs'' is one of the most famous horror films of the '90s, but it's got equal doses of PsychologicalThriller, PoliceProcedural, ReverseWhoDunnit, and ComingOfAgeStory.

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* GenreBusting: GenreMashup: ''Silence of the Lambs'' is one of the most famous horror films of the '90s, but it's got equal doses of PsychologicalThriller, PoliceProcedural, ReverseWhoDunnit, and ComingOfAgeStory.
23rd Apr '18 5:36:07 PM Michael_McManus
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* GenreBusting: ''Silence of the Lambs'' is one of the most famous horror films of the '90s, but it's got equal doses of PsychologicalThriller, PoliceProcedural, and ReverseWhoDunnit, and ComingOfAgeStory.

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* GenreBusting: ''Silence of the Lambs'' is one of the most famous horror films of the '90s, but it's got equal doses of PsychologicalThriller, PoliceProcedural, and ReverseWhoDunnit, and ComingOfAgeStory.
23rd Apr '18 5:35:30 PM Michael_McManus
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* GenreBusting: ''Silence of the Lambs'' is one of the most famous horror films of the '90s, but it's got equal doses of PsychologicalThriller, PoliceProcedural, and ReverseWhoDunnit.

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* GenreBusting: ''Silence of the Lambs'' is one of the most famous horror films of the '90s, but it's got equal doses of PsychologicalThriller, PoliceProcedural, and ReverseWhoDunnit.ReverseWhoDunnit, and ComingOfAgeStory.
23rd Apr '18 5:33:05 PM Michael_McManus
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* GenreBusting: ''Silence of the Lambs'' is one of the most famous horror films of the '90s, but it's got equal doses of PsychologicalThriller and PoliceProcedural.

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* GenreBusting: ''Silence of the Lambs'' is one of the most famous horror films of the '90s, but it's got equal doses of PsychologicalThriller PsychologicalThriller, PoliceProcedural, and PoliceProcedural.ReverseWhoDunnit.
23rd Apr '18 5:31:41 PM Michael_McManus
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* GenreBusting: ''Silence of the Lambs'' is one of the most famous horror films of the '90s, but it's got equal doses of PsychologicalThriller and PoliceProcedural.
21st Apr '18 4:25:42 PM smasll_lordvoice
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** Even the ''poster'' counts as this, it shows a moth covering the mouth of a ghostly female face. Part of Bill's M.O. is placing a moth in the mouths of the women he kills.
21st Apr '18 4:15:31 PM smasll_lordvoice
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** Night vision goggles notoriously interfere with your sense of depth perception, this is part of the reason that Buffalo Bill keeps reaching out in front of him [[spoiler: while [[AloneWithThePsycho hunting Clarisse through his house.]]]]
10th Apr '18 12:11:02 PM Bisected8
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* AdaptedOut : Many of the minor characters and short scenes from the book are missing from the film, due to time constraints. One notably missing is the Johns Hopkins surgeon, whose scene with Crawford might have covered some of the more problematic representation of transgender people. As it is, an argument that Bill isn't transsexual and a line that "transsexuals are very passive" handwaves this in the film.

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* AdaptedOut : Many of the minor characters and short scenes from the book are missing from the film, due to time constraints. One notably missing is the Johns Hopkins surgeon, whose scene with Crawford might have covered some of the more problematic representation of transgender people.people (although not entirely, as the views shown were [[ValuesDissonance somewhat out of date]]). As it is, an argument that Bill isn't transsexual and a line that "transsexuals are very passive" handwaves this in the film.



* CreepyCrossdresser: Buffalo Bill, though it's not a straight example. Both the novel and movie go out of their way to tell the audience that being a transsexual, in and of itself, is not connected to violence--specifically, Clarice says (and Lecter agrees) that Bill ''cannot'' be a transexual because [[NoTrueScotsman transexuals are not violent]]. According to Lecter, Bill only ''thinks'' he's a transsexual due to his "hatred of his own identity." This reflects the FairForItsDay but [[ScienceMarchesOn out-of-date psychology]] that the book and film relied on. Transsexuality was conflated with transvestism (crossdressing) and was at the time thought to be a mental disorder, albeit a benign one. Which is kind of the point here: no records or proven cases indicated that transsexuality predisposed a person to violence, and so Bill is dismissed as not being a "true" transsexual. Nowadays a distinction is drawn between transvestism (crossdressing now considered a common lifestyle choice) and transsexuality (transgender people whose gender identity doesn't align with their physical sex). Neither of these, in and of themselves, can cause (or prevent) someone to become a homicidal maniac.
** 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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* CreepyCrossdresser: Buffalo Bill, though it's not a straight example. Both the novel and movie go out of their way to tell the audience that being a transsexual, in and of itself, is not connected to violence--specifically, Clarice says (and Lecter agrees) that Bill ''cannot'' be a transexual because [[NoTrueScotsman transexuals are not violent]]. According to Lecter, Bill only ''thinks'' he's a transsexual due to his "hatred of his own identity." This reflects the FairForItsDay but [[ScienceMarchesOn out-of-date psychology]] that the book and film relied on. Transsexuality was conflated with transvestism (crossdressing) and was at the time thought to be a mental disorder, albeit a benign one. Which is kind of the point here: no records or proven cases indicated that transsexuality predisposed a person to violence, and so Bill is dismissed as not being a "true" transsexual. Nowadays a distinction is drawn between transvestism (crossdressing now considered a common lifestyle choice) (crossdressing) and transsexuality (transgender people whose being {{transgender}} (having a gender identity which doesn't align with their physical sex).the one assigned at birth). Neither of these, in and of themselves, can cause (or prevent) someone to become a homicidal maniac.
** More specifically, Bill is sexually aroused by the idea of himself as a woman.woman (itself [[ValuesDissonance also an outdated concept]] created to HandWave trans women who are not attracted to men as not being trans women). 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.



* {{Transsexual}}: 'Buffalo Bill' thinks he is a trans woman, though if you trust Lecter, he's not. He doesn't want to be ''a'' woman: he wants to be ''his mother''.

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* {{Transsexual}}: {{Transgender}}: 'Buffalo Bill' thinks he is a trans woman, though if you trust Lecter, he's not. He doesn't want to be ''a'' woman: he wants to be ''his mother''.
27th Feb '18 9:25:08 AM habby
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* AdaptedOut : Many of the minor characters and short scenes from the book are missing from the film, due to time constraints. One notably missing is the Johns Hopkins surgeon, whose scene with Crawford might have covered some of the more problematic representation of transgender people. As it is, a single line that "transsexuals are very passive" handwaves this in the film.

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* AdaptedOut : Many of the minor characters and short scenes from the book are missing from the film, due to time constraints. One notably missing is the Johns Hopkins surgeon, whose scene with Crawford might have covered some of the more problematic representation of transgender people. As it is, an argument that Bill isn't transsexual and a single line that "transsexuals are very passive" handwaves this in the film.
19th Feb '18 1:20:38 PM bravo104
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* NominalImportance: The film sure places a lot of attention on that minor guard character going to hospital, right? [[spoiler: Of course, it's Hannibal wearing his face. A possible case of TropesAreTools, since the knowledge that ''something'' is up with Pembry borders on DramaticIrony.]]
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