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12 Silence of the Lambs Details You Probably Missed

12 Silence of the Lambs Details You Probably Missed

Clarice Starling Silence of the Lambs details

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The Ol’ Naked-Bodies-Turned-Into-a-Skull Detail

This one’s second-to-last because there’s kind of a generational divide about whether this is a little-known detail or not. Let me explain.

The movie poster for Silence of the Lambs famously features Clarice’s face, with her mouth covered by a moth. It is a death’s head moth, so named because it has what appears to be a skull on its back. It’s the kind of moth that obsesses Buffalo Bill, because, again: total nutcase.

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What you may not notice, if you’ve only seen the Silence of the Lambs poster online, is that the skull is made up of naked female bodies. (It’s a nod to the portrait “In Voluptas Mors” by Salvador Dali and Philippe Halsman.)

People old enough to have seen the poster for Silence of the Lambs hanging in theaters can remember their grim fascination with the skull bodies, and are probably annoyed to even see this included on this list.

But people who have only seen the poster in grainy PDF form, before now, are about to have their young minds blown. Brace yourself, young person:

Silence of the Lambs Clarice Dali death's head moth skull

Also, About Clarice’s Eyes

In the book Silence of the Lambs, Thomas Harris says Lecter’s eyes are maroon, and reflect light in “pinpoints of red.” Sounds like Clarice’s eyes in the poster, right?

In the movie, both Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter have blue eyes.

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  1. Franklin Green says:

    Just read the books. This conversation never occurred. It was only the thought process she went through in Clarice’s mind after she found Lecter’s message on the map. The movie needed a vehicle to convey that message to the audience so they used Ardelia Mapp as the voice of her conscience.

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