This month’s Extra Milestone discussion is The Silence of the Lambs, which recently celebrated its 30th anniversary. We discuss the ongoing legacy of this perennial classic from director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ted Tally (adapted from the novel by Thomas Harris), including how it shaped the modern landscape of true crime filmmaking and left a lasting impact on perceptions of the transgender community. We also discuss the iconic performances of Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, and Ted Levine, who portray Clarice Starling, Hannibal Lecter, and Buffalo Bill, respectively. Then finish with a deep dive on the film’s ending.
MUSIC IN THIS EPISODE: The opening theme of The Silence of the Lambs.
- Harmony Colangelo’s piece for the AV Club: “30 years in, The Silence of the Lambs’ Jame Gumb still deserves better”
- Aja Romano’s piece for Vox: “Understanding Silence of the Lambs’ complicated cultural legacy”