As death continues it’s relentless march through the gifted and talented of TV and film, My Favourite… celebrates those we have lost by taking a look at a slice of their best work. Well sometimes best, sometimes just the one I like the most.
This time out: My Favourite…. Jonathan Demme (1944-2017) Film
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
A young F.B.I. cadet must confide in an incarcerated and manipulative killer to receive his help on catching another serial killer who skins his victims.
Jonathan Demme’s Oscar winning horror thriller wasn’t the first Hannibal Lecter film. But it’s the one everyone remembers. Endlessly spoofed and homaged, The Silence of The lambs gave us career defining performances from both Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins whilst cementing Demme as one of Hollywood’s hottest directors. TV, film and books would follow but few would get as close to the public consciousness as this film did.
Sadly Demme would struggle to hit the heights of Lambs again (Philadelphia being the notable exception) but if you are going to leave a mark there are far worse ways to do it.
See also: Philadelphia, Married To The Mob