Gosh, has it been thirty years? I had read the books: Red Dragon and Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. These introduced the world to the scary, cannibal psychiatrist, “Dr. Hannibal Lector.”
I had owned (and seen a thousand times) “Manhunter,” the first film version of Red Dragon. So it was with great anticipation and excitement that I went to movies that night in February, 30 years ago, to see the cinematic version of Silence of the Lambs.
The terrifying achievement was nearly unprecedented. It became the third film (the other two being 1934’s “It Happened One Night” and 1975’s “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”) to win Academy Awards in all the top five categories: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay.
And be honest, you’ve NEVER been able to look at Anthony Hopkins-in any movie-the same way again, right?
Anyway, this is really cool. The two stars: Hopkins, and Jodie Foster, reunited on Tuesday via Zoom, to reminisce on the movie as it closes in on its 30th anniversary.