Silence of the Lambs - Criterion #13

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Silence of the Lambs (1991) dir. Jonathan Demme | DP. Tak Fujimoto

This might be one of the more obvious shots to highlight, but how can you ignore it? Every choice in this shot is perfect.

Now, about the close-ups. Sure, they might be a little out of control, but each one is so gorgeous in its own right. Here are a few to absorb.

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In addition to these nine shots, I counted at least 50+ more that could be categorized as a close-up. It seemed like almost every dialog scene worked its way up to a close-up of some kind, if not an extreme close-up. Obviously Demme's use of the close shot has been discussed many times before. If you'd like to spend some time reading about his close-ups, go here and then read and watch the video here.   —ML