Analysis of The Silence of the Lambs

by Steven Benedict

The Silence of the Lambs is one of those unique films that visualizes before verbalizing its themes. In this video essay, Steven Benedict explores the predominantly masculine act of looking, watching and seeking in film history, and how Jonathan Demme turns the act on its head using the gaze of female protagonist, Clarice Starling, to activate the plot of his masterpiece of psychological horror.

 

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