Similarities And Differences Between The Movie And The Silence Of The Lamb

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In The Silence of the Lambs, both the book and film have the same storyline of Clarice Starling, a young U.S. FBI trainee, seeks the advice of the imprisoned Dr. Hannibal Lecter to apprehend another serial killer, known as "Buffalo Bill". When she uses Dr. Lecter’s help to capture “Buffalo Bill,” he somehow escapes out of the prison he is in. But in the end, they are able to capture “Buffalo Bill,” but Dr. Lecter was never found. He did, however, call Clarice and told her not to search for him, and he would not search to kill her. Much of the film and book are exactly the same with only small differences, which set them apart. In 1992, it won an Academy Award for Best Writing Adapted Screenplay, which really shows how much effort Jonathan Demme, the director put into this film to keep the same plot. The small differences throughout, really sway the reader or viewer to make a decision on which one really captured the storyline better. In the film, the backstory of Jack Crawford is not really shown. In the book, however, the reader can really tell how much effort and sacrifice he made for the job he has. Because of all of Crawford's effort, it really built Clarice's character. Clarice in the story is seen as a second chance for Crawford because of his mistakes he made with Will Graham. Both stories really mirror each other and fit into each other. In the film, however, it is hard to fit so much tiny detail into a two-hour film, so the movie wasn't able to show the small details about Clarice. The book nevertheless, was able to shape Clarice as an individual. But, during the film Jodi Foster, the actor who played Clarice Starling in the film, was really able to embrace her character and brought as much detail as she could. Another small detail about Dr. Lecter is in the book, he is described as having red eyes and six fingers on one hand, but in the film, he has blue eyes and both hands only have 5 fingers. In a crucial scene, in the novel, it sways the guard’s attention from his other hand, in which he holds a makeshift key to his handcuffs. This allows him to escape from his cage. This was done in the book, to make him seem creeper, but Anthony Hopkins, the actor who played Dr. Lecter, really understood the

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