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Inside Story: The Silence of the Lambs (2010)

With interviews from cast and crew, including stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and director Jonathan Demme, you'll hear how a film with a young director trained in B-movies and cheesy ... See full summary »

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With interviews from cast and crew, including stars Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and director Jonathan Demme, you'll hear how a film with a young director trained in B-movies and cheesy comedies managed to make one of the most chilling films in decades, and how a studio in the midst of collapse could turn out a film that took the box office and Oscars by storm. We'll also examine how Foster was able to make the transition from child star to silver screen sensation, and how an all-but-retired Hopkins was coerced back into the Hollywood scene to create one of the most indelible villains in film history. Written by Watch_Movies

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"Never let the audience get ahead of the story."
13 June 2017 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Extremely informative and thorough 91-minute documentary for Biography Channel on the making of Jonathan Demme's 1991 Best Picture Oscar winner "The Silence of the Lambs", adapted by Ted Tally from Jonathan Harris' bestseller. Recent interviews with most of the cast and crew (save for Scott Glenn, who is represented by a 1990s interview)--as well as FBI experts and film critics--give us insight into the writing, producing, directing, casting and filmmaking process, which came together after a brief shuffling period of the key players. Gene Hackman had beat Jodie Foster to buying the film rights to Harris' novel (as a directing and acting project for himself)--and when Hackman left the film, Jonathan Demme, tapped by Orion Pictures to direct, wasn't sold on Foster for the role of Clarice Starling, he wanted Michelle Pfeiffer. Accepting the part of Hannibal Lecter, Anthony Hopkins had thought his career in films was over after some movie disappointments, and wasn't sure if "a limey" would be accepted as an American serial killer. Whether or not you agree with the accolades and superlatives the film itself has received (I found a lot of it distasteful), for film historians and fans there's a treasure trove of detail here laid out in an entertaining and comprehensive fashion.


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