In this new retrospective season, James and Imo return to chew over an influential, evocative film watched in their teenage years: ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991).

Does this 30-year old psychological thriller still have teeth or is it a tad overdone? Returning after co-host therapy from last week’s dispute over ‘Cruella’ (2021), the critics exchange quid pro quo on an infamous award-winning classic.

They discover:

…how Jonathan Demme’s direction makes you closer (please, closer) to the characters that you might want to be…

…why both critics were affected by the film’s symbolism and engaging depiction of empathy, psychopathy and depersonalisation…

…and where the otherwise grounded thriller might have the odd, whimsical excess.

This is the first of a four part series that will explore the characters and depiction of ‘evil’ in the Hannibal ‘Quadrilogy’: ‘The Silence of the Lambs’ (1991), ‘Hannibal’ (2001), ‘Red Dragon’ (2003) and ‘Hannibal Rising’ (2007).

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