Tuesday Feb 01, 2022

E3: Wow, Silence of the Lambs is Problematic

In episode 3 Courtney and Nicole take on Silence of the Lambs. Oh, the horror! Although mostly just a harmless horror/thriller, Silence has elements that are problematic and we’re gonna dive into all of them! This 1991 classic debuted on Valentine’s Day and stars the amazing Jodie Foster and Sir Anthony Hopkins, and features Ted Levine (as Buffalo Bill), Scott Glenn, and Kasi Lemmons, who went on to direct many feature films including Harriet and Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker. Silence was the third and last film to win Oscars in all 5 major categories! It was also the only horror movie to have ever won Best Picture.

Content warning: Discussion of extreme violence, blood and gore. 

Links to articles mentioned:

30 years ago, The Silence of the Lambs Added to Cinema's Trans Legacy Whether it Meant to or Not, by Stacey Henley

Anthony Hopkins: 'Most of This is Nonsense, Most of This is a Lie', Interview by Miranda Sawyer

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