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"The Silence of the Lambs" - part of Oscar's Horrors Wknd

Event title "The Silence of the Lambs" - part of Oscar's Horrors Wknd
Beginning Date Saturday February 24th, 2018 PM 8:00
Ending Date Saturday February 24th, 2018 PM 10:00
Location Loew's Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Sq, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Contact Colin Egan
Description Starring Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn. Directed by Jonathan Demme. 1991, 118mins, Color. Rated R. Screened digitally.

$8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids; Combo pricing for seeing more than one film is a series.

In "The Silence of the Lambs”, director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ted Tally, working from the Thomas Harris novel, peel into the layers of horror that underlie everyday adult life and even childhood with the skill of a vivisectionist – an uncomfortable analogy that is wholly appropriate for the film -- remorselessly turning once-repressed memories into terrors that begin to loom as large as the outlandish crimes perpetrated by the story’s man-eating villain. Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose shrewd analyses of serial killers lands her a special assignment: interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. The FBI believes that Lecter may have insight into another serial killer and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out. But Lecter’s help comes with a price: in exchange for telling what he knows, he wants to be housed in a more comfortable facility. And more important, he wants to speak with Clarice about her past. He skillfully digs into her psyche, forcing her to reveal her innermost traumas, putting her in a position of vulnerability when she can least afford to be weak. The film mingles the horrors of criminal acts with the psychological horrors of Lecter's slow-motion interrogation of Clarice and her memories that emerge from it, and the result is one of the most affectively chilling movies of all time.

"The Silence of the Lambs" won all five major Academy Awards, one of only three films in history up to that time to do so -- the others were “It Happened One Night” (1934) and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest” (1975) -- marking the first time since Frederic March in 1931’s “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” that the Best Actor Oscar had been given for the leading role in a horror film. Foster's tightly wound Clarice and Hopkins' macabrely fascinating, Chianti-and-fava-bean-loving Lecter have become legendary cinematic performances, and the film has taken its place as one of the most complicated and unnerving psychological horror movies of all time. Horror films fans will also want to keep an eye peeled for cameos by directors George A. Romero and Roger Corman.

Also being shown this series: "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" Feb 23 at 8PM; and "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" 1931 Feb 24 6PM
Categories Art & Entertainment
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