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Bryn Mawr Film Institute
824 W Lancaster Ave, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania 19010
Based on Thomas Harris’s novel of the same name, Jonathan Demme’s THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS(1991) introduced audiences to a relatively new form of cannibal in the character of Hannibal Lecter. Rather than an atavistic psychopath living in isolation, or a member of a distant tribe whose savagery is awakened by ruthless corporate encroachment, Lecter is a sophisticated gourmet who selects his victims, as well as the recipes in which they are featured, with meticulous precision. Indeed, his gastronomic proclivities, in combination with his obvious education, intelligence, and urbane charm, stand in stark contrast to the fast-food, mass-market, convenience-first culture he inhabits.
Within this consumerist purgatory, serial killers like Lecter, or the film’s other monster, Buffalo Bill, often seem to be free of the cultural confines that restrain the rest of us—a potentially enviable state of existence. Into their world steps the lamb, in the form of FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who approaches Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) for insight on a case and encounters a Promethean figure who would share a delight that the gods would rather keep for themselves. In this Academy Award-winning thriller, director Jonathan Demme creates a hypnotic sense of evil that seeks to entrap the unwary audience, enticing them with the opportunity to be free of their repressive social existence.
Meets at BMFI:
Thursday, October 19
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
$25 for BMFI members, $30 for non-members; includes admission to the film
Taught by Andrew Owen, Ph.D., Department of Sociology & Criminology, Cabrini University
Register for this course at bit.ly/2v4pvaX
or by calling (610) 527-4008 x108.