The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - dir. Jonathan Demme
Deftly directed, beautifully scripted, and one of the finest Hollywood thrillers of all time. The Silence of the Lambs has it all - unforgettable characters, intriguing mystery, intense drama and it even won some Oscars to boot. Following female cadet Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) as she’s called in to convince Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Sir Anthony Hopkins) to aid the FBI in their hunt of renowned serial killer Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine). The trio is set up so perfectly that all director Jonathan Demme could do was sit back and let the rest of the piece fall in place.
But the beauty of Silence is Demme’s obvious decision to not do what’s easy. From the chilling interview scenes in act one, all the way until the unforgettable night-vision infused finale… Demme’s care for how a movie should be made emerges until it shines in all its brazen glory.