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The Controversy of The Silence of the Lambs

November 15, 2017 by blackmonr
Unit 3 Essay
The Controversy of The Silence of the Lambs

Rachel Blackmon

Univ 200

Thursday, 9:30

Serial killers are some of the most fascinating people known to man. The crimes they commit are so gruesome and disturbing, yet for whatever reason, we can’t get enough of them. The United States has turned some of the most dangerous killers into celebrities. Jonathan Demme, the director of The Silence of the Lambs recognized this obsession we have with serial murders and capitalized off of it in 1991. The Silence of the Lambs was one of the most successful films of our time and even won the Big Five Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Screenplay. However, ever since the movie came out, it’s been an exceedingly controversial topic. Demme created characters; or should I say monsters, that were blatantly evil for obvious reasons- one character who skins women, and the other who is a cannibal. But the portrayal of these characters and how certain demographics viewed it, is something I don’t think Demme anticipated. The serial killers

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