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Re: “The Silence of the Lambs

Hopkins' Lecter IS a guru and a seer. That's the point of the whole film (and Starling's self-discovery). He's a human anomaly. He might serve your pureed organs over pasta but would never spit in your face. A killer who, if not incarcerated, would be consulted by police as to how to catch other killers. Crazy from his own genious and way smarter than his captors, not to mention most of the population.
Starling knows not to volunteer any personal info but Lecter's too slick for that, playing off her ambitions and eventually grows to admire and even love her.
As for violence, very little is actually shown. It requires an audience to fill in their own blanks which is much more terrifying and, in my opinion, less insulting.
And why are critics always talking about films glorifying violence? Did you feel particularly inspired to eat someone's flesh when you were done watching this? I'm guessing not. These films are fiction. That's their job - to entertain. If people don't like it, they're more than entitled to their opinion but please give the rest of us a little credit.

10 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by Serpico on 04/14/2012 at 7:51 AM

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