Time For The M-Net Movies Bucket List Top 3 – The Silence Of The Lambs Is Number 3

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This extraordinary crime film lead by Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins earned it the big 5 Oscars. A F.B.I. cadet seeks the help of manipulative killer to catch a serial killer.

Leon van Nierop: “This is a great phycological thriller one of the greatest phycological thrillers ever made. Anthony Hopkins did months of research, the one thing he noticed is that they barely blink their eyes.

Leon van Nierop: Clarice Starling was the only woman in a bunch of men, so what Jonathan Demme did here that was so great, was that he showed the film through the perspective mostly of a female protagonist. A very strong female protagonist.”

In preparation for his role, Sir Anthony Hopkins studied files of serial killers. Also, he visited prisons, and studied convicted murderers, and was present during some court hearings concerning gruesome murderers and serial killings.

Jodie Foster claims that during the first meeting between Lecter and Starling, Sir Anthony Hopkins’ mocking of her southern accent was improvised on the spot. Foster’s horrified reaction was genuine, she felt personally attacked. She later thanked Hopkins for generating such an honest reaction.

Sir Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster only share four scenes throughout the course of the film.

One of the inspirations, from whom Sir Anthony Hopkins borrowed, for his interpretation of Hannibal Lecter, was a friend of his in London who never blinked, which unnerved anyone around him.

Jodie Foster spent a great deal of time with F.B.I. Agent Mary Ann Krause prior to filming. Krause gave Foster the idea of Starling standing by her car crying. Krause told Foster that at times, the work just became so overwhelming that it was a good way to get an emotional release.

The real-life F.B.I.’s Behavioural Science Unit assisted in the making of this film.

Sir Anthony Hopkins described his voice for Hannibal Lecter as, “a combination of Truman Capote and Katharine Hepburn.”

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za Instagram: instagram.com/andrewgerm_za IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/