Monday, July 19, 2010

The 100 Best Movies: #62

62. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Thomas Harris' suspenseful crime novel is a chilling masterpiece in the hands of director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ted Tally. FBI Agent Clarice Starling (the amazing Jodie Foster) is on the hunt for a serial killer named Buffalo Bill. In order to discover more about him, she is sent to interview incarcerated serial killer Dr. Hannibal "the Cannibal" Lecter (masterfully played by Anthony Hopkins). In the process, she disturbingly learns more about herself as Dr. Lecter becomes fascinated with her. The two performances from Foster and Hopkins are so brilliant that their scenes together make the best of this stellar film. Hopkins' Lecter is so iconic that everyone knows his "favre beans and a nice chianti" line. He has even topped (or been near the top) of several Greatest Film Villains lists including ones by Entertainment Weekly and the American Film Institute. The supporting cast is a fine ensemble that includes Scott Glenn as Agent Starling's supervisor and Ted Levine (later of TV's Monk) as the psychotic Buffalo Bill. The film was the sleeper hit of 1991 and received 5 Academy Awards, winning what is known as "The Big Five:" Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress and Best Adapted Screenplay (becoming the third film to do so).

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