Seminar: The Silence of the Lambs


Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs swept the 64th Academy Awards, deservedly.

One of only three movies in Hollywood history to win all five major Academy awards, The Silence of the Lambs in the present sits within a five-movie context. Based on the work of thriller novelist Thomas Harris, the unforgettable Hannibal Lecter’s personal chronology was captured in childhood in Hannibal Rising; he later served as a kind of consultant in Red Dragon and its earlier equivalent, Manhunter; he took center stage in Silence as another kind of consultant on the “Buffalo Bill” serial killer case; and had his further adventures related in Hannibal. Join professor Thomas G. Gutheil, MD for a one-night seminar on the disturbing psychology of the film rendered with outstanding cinematic style by director Jonathan Demme.

About the Speaker

Thomas G. Gutheil, MD is a Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and the co-founder of the Program in Psychiatry and the Law at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center. A widely-known forensic psychiatrist, Dr. Gutheil has served as an expert in civil and criminal cases in 44 states and Canada, and has lectured worldwide on forensic topics. A cinephile since childhood, Dr. Gutheil serves as a frequent moderator for the Psychiatric Cinema program for the Longwood-area psychiatry residency.

About Coolidge Education Seminars

Want to learn more about some of your favorite classic films? Coolidge Education is excited to introduce new one-night seminars at select Big Screen Classics events. Attendees can sign up to hear a 30 minute lecture before the film from an expert, and then stick around after the screening for a moderated discussion with other seminar attendees. Tickets are $25 ($22 for Coolidge members and students) and include a reserved seat for the film screening.


1hr 58mins

Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins give the performances of their careers in Jonathan Demme's Academy Award-winning horror film.