The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Cinema Classics Seminar: The Silence of the Lambs-- SOLD OUT!

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Thursday, October 19, 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Instructor: Andrew Owen, Ph.D., Department of Sociology & Criminology, Cabrini University
Location: Multimedia Room
Cost: This class is full. To sign up for the waiting list, call (610) 527-4008 x108.
Tickets for the public screening are still available. Purchase those here.

Based on Thomas Harris’s novel of the same name, Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs (1991) introduced audiences to a relatively new form of cannibal in the character of Hannibal Lecter. Rather than an atavistic psychopath living in isolation, or a member of a distant tribe whose savagery is awakened by ruthless corporate encroachment, Lecter is a sophisticated gourmet who selects his victims, as well as the recipes in which they are featured, with meticulous precision. Indeed, his gastronomic proclivities, in combination with his obvious education, intelligence, and urbane charm, stand in stark contrast to the fast-food, mass-market, convenience-first culture he inhabits.

Within this consumerist purgatory, serial killers like Lecter, or the film’s other monster, Buffalo Bill, often seem to be free of the cultural confines that restrain the rest of us—a potentially enviable state of existence. Into their world steps the lamb, in the form of FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster), who approaches Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) for insight on a case and encounters a Promethean figure who would share a delight that the gods would rather keep for themselves. In this Academy Award-winning thriller, director Jonathan Demme creates a hypnotic sense of evil that seeks to entrap the unwary audience, enticing them with the opportunity to be free of their repressive social existence. 

Cinema Classics Seminars offer an entertaining and engaging way to learn more about some of the true classics of world cinema. Students meet in the 2nd floor Multimedia room for an introductory lecture before the film and a guided discussion after the film. The film itself is shown in one of our theaters. Your ticket for the screening, as well as popcorn and a drink, are included with your registration.

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    6:30pm 2017-10-19 18:30:00 2017-10-19 22:00:00 America/New_York Cinema Classics Seminar: The Silence of the Lambs-- SOLD OUT! Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Bryn Mawr, PA