The Silence of the Lambs (1990)

You know your film has made an impact when even animated kids films start making comical references to it. We’re talking, of course, about Anthony Hopkins’s infamous ‘Chianti’ line – a scene so memorably repulsive and yet played with such overegged, psychotic glee that it’s become a bit of a running joke. Based on Thomas Harris’s second novel, Jonathan Demme’s Oscar-conquering monster feasts on our primal fears by presenting us with a gothic smorgasbord of blood and offal and some clever sleights of hand. Hopkins’s portrayal of prolific man-muncher Hannibal Lecter is barnstorming but rather thickly sliced (it’s not quite up there with Brian Cox’s earlier Lecter representation in Michael Mann’s Manhunter), and yet Silence fully justifies its Oscar haul: it’s expertly written, superbly performed and scary, tense and stomach-churning by turns. DA
Dir Jonathan Demme (Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins)

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