But First: Why Now?


Why write about a 1991 movie, even if it did sweep the major Oscar categories? Well, this past weekend reminded us of the continuing resonance of Silence of the Lambs, the Jonathan Demme masterpiece in which young FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is sent to charm imprisoned serial killer Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) to seek insights into a string of killings by Buffalo Bill (Ted Levine).

First, news came over the weekend that the legendary producer Roger Corman, who gave Demme his first opportunity to direct, died last week at 98. Demme honored him by having him play FBI Director Hayden Burke in Silence of the Lambs. (That’s Corman in the picture above with Clarice and Ardelia Mapp (Kasi Lemmons).

And Saturday night, Donald Trump praised Lecter as “a wonderful man.” We think he was kidding. Anyway, here are 12 Silence of the Lambs details almost everyone has missed — for 33 years.