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Naked women on the cover of "The Silence of the Lambs"!

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Ken Seeber, Aug 24, 2001.

  1. Ken Seeber

    Ken Seeber Well-Known Member

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    Did that get your attention?
    I was examining the cover artwork for my new widescreen SOTL special edition today. Has anyone taken a good close look at the skull on the back of the moth?
    The skull is actually made up of several nude women. They appear to be, oh I don't know, frolicking. I count six women in the picture. You can see the details I'm talking about much more clearly on the disc itself, because the moth has been enlarged.
    I'm probably the last person on Earth to have noticed this because the only previous version of the movie I've owned is the Criterion DVD, which has different art. My hardcover copy of the novel has the moth, but it's a different rendering.
    The "skull" image is obviously taken from an existing work of art, such as an optical illusion drawing. My question to you, HTFers is, What is this artwork and is the entire picture available on the Internet?
    [Edited last by Ken Seeber on August 24, 2001 at 03:41 AM]
     
  2. cafink

    cafink Well-Known Member

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    A friend pointed that out to me years ago. I haven't seen the image (or one like it) anywhere else.
    I'd like to know why the image was put there in the first place. It seems kind of odd, and it doesn't really have anything to do with the movie, does it? I mean, I know about the moth, but what does the group of naked women have to do with it?
     
  3. Mark Cappelletty

    Mark Cappelletty Well-Known Member

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    The women were on the original one-sheet (and the teaser ads which featured the red face of Anthony Hopkins as Lecter). I believe they represent the women who were killed by Buffalo Bill.
     
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    I didn't notice until I got this DVD today that Jame Gumb's twig'n'berries are shown during the "dancing" scene...ack!
    -Tom
     
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    It is based upon a work by Salvador Dali, but is not a copy.
     
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    Spoiler:I reckon it's a picture of the woman that Jamie Gumb wants to become.
     
  7. Ken_McAlinden

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    re: Scott's theory.
    It is actually three women arranged so that from a distance they look like a skull on the back of a death's head moth, not an individual woman. I always thought that this was a very effective image to represent the film. It was from the one sheet and I believe it has been worked into the box art for all of the video versions of the film except for the Criterion laserdisc & DVD.
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    They can't be women killed by Buffalo Bill, since they're slim!
     
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    Re: Scott_MacD's spoiler ...
    In the book, he wanted to 'become' his mother. He obsessed about her and that obsession was the driving force behind his quest to make the woman suit (I'm simplifying of course.)
     
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    Did you ever notice the Penis on the first Little Mermaid VHS and LD cover? It's one of the city's pillars, but it is unmistakable a penis. The Urban Legend goes that the artist was fired and that he put it there out of spite.
     
  13. Mark Cappelletty

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    John Lee's link shoots my speculation down. That's a pretty obvious comparison between the one-sheet and the Dali image.
    Pretty neat.
     
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  15. Ken Seeber

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    John_Lee,
    Thanks! That's exactly the kind of site I was looking for!
     

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