Can You Follow The Shifting Power Dynamic In The Silence Of The Lambs?

Tony Zhou is back with another excellent episode of Every Frame a Painting (previously here and here). This quick installment illustrates how camerawork is used to reflect the power struggle between Jodie Foster's Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins' Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs.

The Silence of the Lambs remains one of cinema's very best crime thrillers. Zhou doesn't mention this in the video, but director Jonathan Demme received an Academy Award for his work on the film – and when you examine the mechanics behind powerful scenes like this one, it's not hard to see why.

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Robbie Gonzalez

Zhou's cogent brand of criticism is one of the most lucid and engaging I've come across. If you're into this sort of thing, and not already following Zhou on vimeo or YouTube, you might want to remedy that.