Thursday, January 31, 2019

The Essential Films Podcast - Episode #029: THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)


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EPISODE DESCRIPTION
On today’s adventure, Adolfo and Mark sit down with some fava beans and a nice chianti as they discuss Jonathan Demme’s horror classic THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)

On this week’s show:


  • The Polar Vortex
  • Mark’s mother subjects him to the horrors of Hannibal Lecter
  • Brian Cox: always a bad guy
  • Gene Hackman… director?
  • RIP Jonathan Demme
  • Original casting choices including Michelle Pfeiffer and Sean Connery
  • The “real life” Jack Crawford: John Douglas
  • Buffalo Bill is Captain Stottlemeyer???
  • Demme puts us in Clarice’s shoes with characters directly addressing camera
  • How Lecter’s plexiglass cage was conceived
  • Lecter never says “HELLO CLARICE”
  • Lecter has super powers
  • The Courtship of Clarice and Hannibal
  • The hidden joke of the “fava beans” quote
  • Why does Bill even need night vision goggles?
  • The 3 serial killers that inspired Buffalo Bill
  • The unsung real life actress, Chris McGinn, who was the autopsy victim
  • BOB THE GOON!
  • Addressing the controversy over LGBT representation (or misrepresentation) in the film
  • “Where will it tickle you?” “Get this THING out of here”
  • The beauty of the cinematography and direction of the final meeting between Clarice and Lecter.
  • The terrifying sequence of Hannibal Lecter’s “face off” escape
  • The masterful suspense of the climax
  • Hopkins wins a Best Actor Oscar for only being on camera for 16 minutes


FILMS REFERENCED:


  • PSYCHO (1960)
  • THE EXORCIST (1973)
  • THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (1974)
  • JAWS (1975)
  • THE ELEPHANT MAN (1980)
  • STOP MAKING SENSE (1984)
  • CONAN THE DESTROYER (1984)
  • MANHUNTER (1986)
  • SOMETHING WILD (1986)
  • MARRIED TO THE MOB (1988)
  • THE ACCUSED (1988)
  • BATMAN (1989)
  • TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (1991)
  • PHILADELPHIA (1993)
  • MATILDA (1996)
  • INDEPENDENCE DAY (1996)
  • THE SIXTH SENSE (1999)
  • HANNIBAL (2001)
  • RED DRAGON (2002)
  • MONK (TV Series, 2002-2009)
  • HANNIBAL RISING (2007)
  • BLACK SWAN (2010)
  • HANNIBAL (TV Series, 2013-2015)
  • GET OUT (2017)
  • CONVERSATIONS WITH A KILLER: THE TED BUNDY TAPES (TV Series, 2019)


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