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Mon, 8 Aug 1994 11:36:00 CDT
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I was re-watching _the Silence of the Lambs_ this weekend and came up with a
theory and wanted some feedback from others concerning it.
Mr. Demme uses the colors red, white and blue a lot during the film.  First,
the car in the storage room is draped with a huge American flag.  Second,
when the guards in Memphis are killed, the bunting used to drape them is
the red,white and blue of the flag.  And lastly, when Clarice kills Gumb,
some stray bullets break the window.  On the window ledge is a soldier's
helmet and a small American flag.  This is way to much not to be planned.
I think that Demme is trying to say that there is something in the American
culture that "makes" people like Gumb.  We routinely think that serial or mass
killers grow up in a different society than we, but the reality is that all
of us have a hand in creating these people.
I would be interested in what others think about this or if they have another
reason why this color scheme is used in the film.  You can write me via the
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