The Silence of the Lambs Movies & Media Adaptations

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The 1991 adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs directed by Jonathan Demme became one of the most talked-about films of the year and one of the most critically-successful of all time, winning Academy Awards in five major categories including Best Film and Best Screenplay. Anthony Hopkins's portrayal of Hannibal Lecter justifiably made him a household word, while Jodie Foster won her second Academy Award for her sensitive turn as Clarice Starling. Although the film differs little from Harris's novel, Demme, Foster, and screenwriter Ted Tally take the book as a starting point and then go beyond it to reinforce the idea that women must be seen as people rather than objects. By accenting Starling's harassment, by removing male helpers present in the novel, and by stressing Starling's resistance to the attempts of men to objectify her, the film creates, in Foster's words, an "incredibly strong feminist hero" as well...

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