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June 12, 2014

30 Film Females: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Filed under: 30 Film Females — ootastic @ 3:58 pm

Back in the early nineties when I was an impressionable teenager, The Silence of the Lambs was a big deal (and arguably still is).  It won the Big Five Academy Awards and has been endlessly referenced and spoofed ever since (my favourite being French & Saunders).  You don’t need me to tell you about the grandstanding Anthony Hopkins and his f-f-fava beans, against which Jodie Foster as FBI trainee Clarice Starling more than holds her own.  This is my kind of horror film – more mind over (grey) matter – where the gore is mostly imagined rather than imaged (like the later Se7en).  The house switcheroo near the end followed by the pitch-black/night-vision basement cat-and-mouse still gives me the heebie jeebies.

Rather than my paltry offerings, the first picture I thought of using in this post is shown below.  A couple of my friends have these reticent sheep on a T-shirt (I’ve requested photos), but this version has been borrowed off the internet.

Honourable mentions for other great female characters in 1991: the pumped-up yet vulnerable Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor in sci-fi action classic (and best-sequel contender) Terminator 2: Judgement Day.  Also, Susan Sarandon and Geena Davis as the eponymous Thelma & Louise in Ridley Scott’s on-the-run road-trip.


Lesbian sheep

30 Film Females

Filed under: 30 Film Females, Bechdel Test, films — ootastic @ 3:50 pm

It’s hard to believe that it’s nearly thirty (three-zero!) years since Alison Bechdel proposed the so-called Bechdel Test, which asks whether a film portrays at least two women who talk to each other about something other than a man.  Yet the silver screen still seems dominated by male-centric fare, with women often relegated to romantic or supporting roles.  Over the next few months, I plan to celebrate some of the great female movie characters from the past three decades.  These may not be from the most award-winning or box office-busting films, but they’re ones I remember enjoying and can somehow illustrate.  Feel free to join in!

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