The Silence of the Lambs - Who Wins the Scene?

Often in drama, two characters find themselves in the same space, each wanting something from the other. In this video essay, Tony Zhou analyzes a scene from The Silence of the Lambs, illustrating how Jonathan Demme uses blocking, staging and framing to reflect the shifting power dynamics between characters, until one of them finally gets what they want.


Tony Zhou

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Best Picture 1990's

Blocking & Staging

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Jonathan Demme

The Silence of the Lambs