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Video: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) - Official Trailer

Excerpt from Roger Ebert's review of Silence of the Lamb (1991) / February 18, 2001

A fundamental difference between "The Silence of the Lambs" and its sequel, "Hannibal," is that the former is frightening, involving and disturbing, while the latter is merely disturbing. It is easy enough to construct a geek show if you start with a cannibal. The secret of "Silence" is that it doesn't start with the cannibal--it arrives at him, through the eyes and minds of a young woman. "Silence of the Lambs" is the story of Clarice Starling, the FBI trainee played by Jodie Foster, and the story follows her without substantial interruption. Dr. Hannibal Lecter lurks at the heart of the story, a malevolent but somehow likable presence--likable because he likes Clarice, and helps her. But Lecter, as played by Anthony Hopkins, is the sideshow, and Clarice is in the center ring.

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