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The Silence of the Lambs, Lamb Chops with Roasted Potatoes, and Cabernet Franc

Dinner and a Movie: The Silence of the Lambs, Pan-seared Lamb Chops with Roasted Potatoes, and Cabernet Franc Experience the chilling narrative of "Silence of the Lambs" through a flavorful pairing of pan-seared lamb chops, hearty roasted potatoes, and a bold Cabernet Franc, a gastronomic journey that mirrors the film's suspenseful twists and intense character dynamics. Enjoy an intriguing blend of sensory delights that are as captivatingly intense as they are satisfying. The Film Based on Thomas Harris’ 1988 novel, Jonathan Demme’s 1991 psychologic THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS follows an FBI trainee, Clarice Starling, played by Jodie Foster, as she races against the clock to catch a serial killer, nicknamed “Buffalo Bill” (Ted Levine). In her pursuit of the killer, Agent Starling enlists the help of an incarcerated former psychiatrist and serial killer, Doctor Hannibal Lechter (Anthony Hopkins). A previous Harris novel, “Manhunter” (1986), had stumbled at the box office, and although Gene Hackman had been slated to direct and star in “The Silence of the Lambs”, he withdrew before screenwriter Ted Tally had completed the script, and Orion Pictures signed on Demme as director. While neither were the first choice for the leads, Foster and Hopkins were hired and, when Hackman found the script “too violent”, he was replaced as Starling’s FBI boss Jack Crawford by Scott Glenn. Filming took place between November 1989 and March 1, 1990, in and around Pittsburgh and West Virginia, with additional locations in Washington D.C. and Quantico, Virginia, where rare permission was given to shoot at the FBI Academy. Tak Fujimoto was the cinematographer and Howard Shore created the film’s score. As Jodie Foster had won the Oscar for “The Accused” (1988), Hopkins reportedly was nervous about going head to head with the young star. Their first scene working together was the characters’ initial meeting across the bars of Lecter’s cell. Needless to say, the actor’s chilling first appearance evened the playing field for the two acting greats to share. The Reception Opening over the Presidents’ Day weekend that began on February 14, 1991, “The Silence of the Lambs” was number one, where it would remain for five weeks. With a worldwide gross of $273 million, the film was North America’s fourth highest-selling film of 1991, and the world’s fifth. In his “New York Times” review, Vincent Canby said: “Miss Foster and Mr. Hopkins are so good, in fact, that Clarice and Hannibal sometimes seem more important than the mechanics of “The Silence of the Lambs,” which is, otherwise committed to meeting the obligations of a suspense melodrama.” “Mr. Demme meets most of these obligations with great style. The buildup to the dread of Hannibal’s first scene is so effective that one almost flinches when he appears. Never after that, for good reason, does Hannibal become trusted, though he is always entertaining to have around.” At the Oscars, “The Silence of the Lambs” became one of only a few films to win the award in every major category — Best Picture, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Actress, and Best Actor. In addition, Foster won the Golden Globe and the two lead actors won BAFTAS. At the Berlin International Film Festival, Demme won the Silver Bear. Hannibal Letter was voted by the American Film Institute as its #1 villain. Long considered one of the “greatest and most influential films” of all time, “The Silence of the Lambs” was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 2011.

The Dinner Pairing The suspenseful thriller "Silence of the Lambs" pairs intriguingly with a meal of pan-seared lamb chops, roasted potatoes, and Cabernet Franc, drawing parallels between the film's chilling narrative and a richly flavored culinary experience. The lamb chops, succulent and seared to perfection, hint at the film's intense, complex character dynamics, while the comforting, rustic taste of roasted potatoes resonates with the narrative's grounded, albeit dark, reality. A glass of Cabernet Franc, with its vivid red color, spicy undertones, and bold dark fruit flavors, is a fitting counterpart to the film's suspenseful storyline and bold visual imagery. The wine's subtle herbaceous notes also add an element of unexpected complexity, akin to the plot twists that unfold in the film. Together, the film and the meal offer a captivating blend of sensory experiences that are both chillingly intense and indulgently satisfying. Dinner: Pan-seared lamb chops with roasted potatoes. Wine: Cabernet Franc Streaming: Max

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