Film Theory 341W Blog Journal (Week 8)

Many films stay with a person forever, while many are seemingly a “one time deal”. Films such as The Godfather, The wizard of Oz, and Gone with the Wind cause an everlasting effect on the viewer. They all consist of vital scenes that formed the building blocks for modern cinema. Scenes such as when Dorothy and her colorful friends skip down the yellow brick road in The Wizard of Oz, or Don Corleone’s daughters wedding in The Godfather, all link with the viewers memory, regardless of when you saw the film originally.

Silence of the Lambs comes to mind when thinking of notable scenes that resonate with a viewer from a motion picture. The film has one of the most prominent characters in movie history, Hannibal Lecter. He, as well as a few scenes from the film, make the movie a sight to remember. One scene that comes to mind is when Hannibal, played by Anthony Hopkins, meets Clarice, Jodie Foster, for the first time. Hannibal greets Clarice in a mysterious way, “Hello Clarice.” Typing the words ‘Hello Clarice, ‘don’t credit these words with the justice they deserve.

Hopkins “is” Hannibal Lecter. He will always be remembered as the Cannibalistic Psychopath until the day he dies. Another scene that further accentuates this point is when Hannibal is placed on a stretcher, with a straight jacket on, while wearing a muzzle. This scene was meant to signify Hannibal’s clearly psychotic nature. The odd fact to it all was the fact that Lecter was such a brilliant man, why would he choose the route of Cannibalism? The scene is meant to show the true face of human nature. No man should be viewed as how they appear.

The film also had a spectacular scene that will forever reside with whoever has seen the film. The scene had Jodie Foster inside of Buffalo Bill’s house when the lights go out. Foster is unable to see anything, while Bill can see everything. The screen goes green as if we are witnessing the events unfolding in front of us with night vision goggles. If you have seen the film before, you will undoubtedly remember this scene. Its voyeuristic connotation seems to follow the outline of the film as well as tell the viewer something about the mind of a psychopath, Buffalo Bill. During this scene we are seeing life through his eyes, a rather “dark” way at looking at reality.

Many films have that “everlasting aura,” but no psychological thriller will ever have the same effect on me. Silence of the Lambs was a masterpiece, never to be forgotten.

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