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Cult 101: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) 4K Restoration

Opens on January 5

Director: Jonathan Demme Run Time: 118 min. Rating: R Release Year: 1991

Starring: Anthony Heald, Anthony Hopkins, Brooke Smith, Dan Butler, Frankie Faison, Jodie Foster, Kasi Lemmons, Paul Lazar, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine

Country: United States
Language: English, Latin

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About the film:

30th Anniversary 4K Restoration of the first horror film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards.

On the hunt for an elusive serial killer who skins his female victims, the FBI assign trainee Clarice Starling to interview Hannibal Lecter – an imprisoned, cannibalistic psychopath who might be able to help uncover the killer’s identity. Lecter’s dazzling criminal genius unearths clues, but at the price of deadly mind games with the vulnerable Clarice.

Adapted from Thomas Harris’s 1988 novel of the same name, The Silence of the Lambs (1991) is considered by many as one of the greatest and most influential films of all time. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival where Jonathan Demme received the Silver Bear for Best Director, and went on to win Academy Awards in all five major categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins), Best Actress (Jodie Foster), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally). The film was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2011.

About the filmmaker:

Jonathan Demme was an American filmmaker. Beginning his career under B-movie producer Roger Corman, Demme made his directorial debut with the 1974 women-in-prison film Caged Heat, before becoming known for his casually humanist films such as Melvin and Howard (1980), Swing Shift (1984), Something Wild (1986), and Married to the Mob (1988). His direction of the 1991 psychological horror film The Silence of the Lambs (1991) won him the Academy Award for Best Director. His subsequent films earned similar acclaim, notably Philadelphia (1993) and Rachel Getting Married (2008).

Demme also directed numerous concert films such as Stop Making Sense (1984), Neil Young: Heart of Gold (2006), and Justin Timberlake + The Tennessee Kids (2016), and worked on several television series as both a producer and director.

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