Jame Gumb (known by the nickname "Buffalo Bill") is a fictional character and the main antagonist of Thomas Harris's 1988 novel The Silence of the Lambs and its 1991 film adaptation, in which he is played by Ted Levine.In the film and the novel, he is a serial killer who murders overweight women and skins them so he can make a "woman suit" for himself. Halberstam writes, "He does not understand gender as inherent, innate; he reads it only as a surface effect, a representation, an external attribute engineered into identity." (The Complete X-Files: Behind the Series, the Myths and the Movies, p. 28) For instance, the release of the film, set in an FBI context, helped push the idea of using the FBI as a natural means of entry into investigations of paranormal phenomena such as the ones reported in the X-files. He specifically says, "I smelled you coming, Clarice," which may be a reference to Multiple Miggs, the inmate in the cell next to Lecter's, who upon Clarice's first visit with Lecter snarls at Starling, saying "I can smell your cunt.". I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.". Children's novelist Roald Dahl also greatly enjoyed the novel, describing it as "subtle, horrific and splendid, the best book I have read in a long time". Starling, armed only with a revolver but aware that calling for backup will result in Catherine's death, follows him down, and kills him after a protracted chase. Lecter then writes a congratulatory letter to Starling, in which he hopes that "the lambs have stopped screaming" and indicates that he has no plans to pursue her. Lecter, seeing the parallels between the helpless lambs and the equally helpless Catherine, thanks her for her candor, and the two share a brief moment of connection before Chilton forces her to leave. (Lecter had met Gumb while treating Raspail.) It stars Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling and Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter. In the director's commentary for the 1991 film, director Jonathan Demme draws attention to various Polaroids taken of Buffalo Bill in the company of strippers; these are visible in Gumb's basement in the film. On the basis of Lecter's prediction, Starling believes that he knows who Buffalo Bill really is. He offers one of his own: If Lecter reveals Buffalo Bill's identity, he will indeed get a transfer to another asylum, but only if Chilton gets credit for getting the information from him. The film version of the story was based on a novel by Thomas Harris and features Hannibal Lecter, who is referred to as "Hannibal the Cannibal" in TXF: "The Jersey Devil". https://the-silence-of-the-lambs.fandom.com/wiki/The_Silence_Of_The_Lambs_Wiki?oldid=4061. Senator Ruth Martin, Lecter offers to give Starling a psychological profile of the killer in return for a transfer to a federal institution; this profile is mostly made up of cryptic clues designed to help Starling figure it out for herself. Starling eventually deduces from Lecter's riddles that Gumb knew his first victim, Frederica Bimmel, and goes to Bimmel's hometown of Belvedere, Ohio to gather information. The Silence of the Lambs became the third film in Oscar history to win the following five Academy Awards: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Author David Foster Wallace used the book as part of his curriculum while teaching at Pomona College and later included the book as well as Harris's Red Dragon on his list of ten favorite novels. Gumb wants to become a woman — or at least believes he does — but is deemed too psychologically disturbed to qualify for gender reassignment surgery. She spies a Death's-head moth in his home and knows whom she has found; however, Gumb escapes into his basement. After Starling leaves, Lecter reminisces on the past, recalling a conversation with Benjamin Raspail, a former patient whom he had eventually murdered. She asks Crawford why she was sent to fish for information on Buffalo Bill without being told she was doing so; Crawford claims that if she had had an agenda, Lecter would have sensed it and never spoken up. In the film, a similar scene is shown with Starling and Lecter in the same roles as the surgeon and Crawford, respectively. Triangular patches of skin have also been taken from her shoulders. Meg is kidnapped by Buffalo Bill in "Guy, Robot", but Peter's biggest concern is finding his grocery club card. Family Guy Wiki is a FANDOM TV Community. The Silence of the Lambs es considerada un logro «cultural, histórico y estético» por la Biblioteca del Congreso de Estados Unidos y la cinta original fue seleccionada para ser preservada en el National Film Registry en 2011. Halberstam says Buffalo Bill symbolizes a lack of ease with one's skin. Both the novel and film depict Gumb as confused and self-hating with signs of having gender dysphoria, though multiple characters state that Gumb is not a transsexual. Lecter expresses skepticism at the genuineness of the offer, but he does not believe that Starling would intentionally lie to him. Silence of the Lambs: The Musical — by Jon & Al Kaplan, https://movies.fandom.com/wiki/The_Silence_of_the_Lambs?oldid=133554, Roger Corman as FBI Director Hayden Burke, "A census taker once tried to test me. Argumento. In the case of Gumb's first victim, Fredrica Bimmel, he weighs down her body, so she ends up being the third victim found. ", a reference to The Silence of the Lambs. It is based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Harris, his second to feature Dr. Hannibal Lecter, brilliant psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. The novel ends with Clarice sleeping peacefully "in the silence of the lambs".