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What did the title of Silence of the Lambs refer to?

I just saw The Silence of the Lambs. So what exactly does "silence of the lambs" mean? It was not clear to me.
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Why is the movie titled “Independence Day”?

It makes no sense to me. A country gains independence when: It was depending on some other country (being ruled by another country). It becomes sovereign, freeing itself from the rule of a foreign ...
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Please explain the end of John Dies at the End [duplicate]

The title of the movie is John Dies at the End, but for some reason this doesn't happen. He dies for a short while in the middle, and then comes back, but this makes the title inaccurate, especially ...
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Why isn't it called “The Hateful Nine”?

I gather that John Ruth's driver O.B. is not considered one of the "hateful eight," but he is present for all of the film's events and seems as much a part of the story as any of the others. I like ...
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Revolver movie title significance

I saw the movie Revolver recently and was wondering why the movie is named such. The movie is basically upon the ego of a person and has a lot of chess analogy included in it. So my question is: Why ...
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There Will Be Blood title significance

I just saw the movie There Will Be Blood. When I had first seen the title of the movie I had assumed the movie to be a violent one with a lot of killing and hatred. But the story is completely ...
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Why does The Force Awakens not use the Episode notation?

I noticed that the newest film in the Star Wars series is officially titled Star Wars: The Force Awakens, while all the previous films followed the format of Star Wars: Episode <N> - ...
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Does the title “An Officer and A Gentleman” refer to one person or two?

There are two main actors in the movie "An Officer and A Gentleman", Richard Gere, and the other guy who committed suicide. Are An Officer and A Gentleman referring to the same guy, Richard Gere? ...
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Where's the actual Palindrome in the season two finale of Fargo?

How did season 2 episode 10 of Fargo, titled "Palindrome," get its title? I've read | several | recaps. Only one mentions the meaning of the word (spelled the same forward as backward, such as ...
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Why the AKA prefix?

The episode titles for the Jessica Jones episodes are all prefixed with AKA, which stands for Also Known As. I'm curious/confused why this decision was made.
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What famous film was titled “Killer!” in the U.K., released 1969-70?

What famous film was titled "Killer!" in the U.K., released 1969-70? I'm thinking it might be either "The Conformist" or "Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion"...
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What is the significance of the Frasier episode title 'Agents in America part III'?

There weren't parts one or two, but this title clearly has meaning. Perhaps they were classified, like Leonard parts 1-5?
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Why it is called “Jurassic Park” instead of “Jurassic zoo”?

Why it is called "Jurassic Park" instead of "Jurassic zoo" ? According to english dictionary: Park means A park is an area of natural, semi-natural, or planted space set aside for human ...
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What is the meaning of the letter A?

Season 4, Episode 16 of The Walking Dead is titled "A". The previous episode is titled "US", making it a play on "USA" which is where the series takes place. Together, the two episodes show the main ...
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Why was The Big Bang Theory given that name?

I just finished the Eighth season of The Big Bang Theory and still don't know why it was given that name?
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What is the meaning of “Fifty Shades of Grey”?

In the Fifty Shades of Grey movie, the protagonist was named Christian Grey. So was the title of the movie related to the protagonist? Is there some deeper meaning to the title?
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Why aren't episode titles put on the screen?

For the last few decades, it seems that most shows (dramas, not just comedies) don't put the episode titles on the screen. Does anyone know why not?
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Why 28 and not any other number?

In 28 Days Later, why did they select the value 28 and not any other? Is this number something special or did they just choose it randomly?
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Who's the negotiator in The Negotiator?

We have at least 2 negotiators in The Negotiator, but which one is the titular negotiator?
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Why is the TV show titled “Game of Thrones” and not “A Song of Ice and Fire?”

Have the directors ever explained why the TV show Game of Thrones is named after the first book, instead of the book series "A Song of Ice and Fire"? However, it is based on the whole book series.
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Why is Max known as “Mad Max” in the Mad Max Franchise?

As the title suggests I was wondering why is Max known as "Mad Max" in this franchise? From the first movie till Fury Road Max is the only character who is not "Mad" and is the only sensible human in ...
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Why is it called Movie 43?

Why is it called Movie 43? I saw the movie more than once, but didn't find what the number 43 means.
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Why is Birdman subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance?

Birdman is a movie about a theater play that tells a lot about movies, movie stars, actor and Hollywood. I wonder why it is subtitled The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance. Is it meant as ... ...
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Does Bollywood title their movies using the Latin alphabet or the Devanagari alphabet?

A coworker recommended a movie, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge. I had thought that spelling it in Latin might have been a kindness to me. However, it is very easily googled with that string, and I see ...
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Why was Inglourious Basterds misspelt?

Did Quentin Tarantino ever give the reason for misspelling the movie title Inglourious Basterds?
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Is the title a homage to Back to the Future?

I am not sure why this movie was called Project Almanac. As far as I remember the protagonists just make up the name out of the blue and never mention it again, so maybe there is no significance at ...
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How long must a Hollywood film wait to use the same title of an older film?

I just stumbled on the new film Bound (2015) and remembered that there was an older film by the Wachowskis also called Bound released in 1996. I am sure this varies from country to country - but in ...
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Has a movie ever used the underscore (“_”) character in its title? [closed]

The title says it all, really. However, please no "yes, I made one in 4th grade" answers, it should be something that was screened at (at least some) cinemas.
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Why is the title of The Big Bang Theory not translated in Quebec?

In Quebec, the French speaking part of Canada, it is usual (and seems to be part of Bill 101 about the use of French Language in Quebec) to translate titles of movies and TV show into French. For ...
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Connection between Interstellar and 'Flora's Letter'?

I work in a cinema, and today we received our copy of Christopher Nolan's Interstellar: which came packaged and labelled as "Flora's Letter" As is quite well known, film's are distributed (and ...
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Why do some movie titles include an alternate title?

"Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb" "Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)" Why do some movie titles include an alternate title? What are the ...
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Relevance of the title Pulp Fiction?

Everything about Quentin Tarantino's movies is unique and thought provocative. I want to know about the 1994 movie's title. Why is it called Pulp Fiction and how is the title related to the story?
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What does the term “Out of the Furnace” refer to?

The title of the movie Out of the Furnace first and foremost seems to be an allusion to the whole steel mill backdrop of the movie. But I have a strong feeling that is not all there is to it. The IMDb ...
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What is the second part of a movie title called?

For a movie like "Captain America: The First Avenger", what is the term for the phrase after the colon, i.e. "The First Avenger"? Is that called a "subtitle" or something else?
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What is the meaning of the title Trainspotting?

I want to ask about the title of the famous 1996 movie Trainspotting. What is the meaning of it and how does it fit in the context of story ?
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Why is Jean Rollin's “Le Viol du Vampire” Called this way? (The Rape of the Vampire)

I have not seen the entire movie, but from the snippets I have seen and the Wikipedia and other plot summaries, the movie does contain eroticism and violence but doesn't seem to involve rape. Why ...
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Who is “The Ghost of Harrenhal”?

Episode S02E05 of Game of Thrones is titled "The Ghost of Harrenhal". But I wonder to whom this title actually refers. Does this refer to Arya, seeing that she is more or less incognito as Tywin ...
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Why is Rake Called Rake?

I have been watching the American TV show Rake, but I have seen no reference as to why the show is called "Rake". The main character is not named anything that even resembles a rake, and he does not ...
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Naming convention of movie titles

I would like to know why most of the movie titles are in medial capitals? few examples like, The Dark Knight He's Just Not That Into You I thought all the movie titles are medial ...
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Why is S03E14 titled “Provenance”?

What is the meaning behind the title "Provenance" of Person of Interest S03E14?
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Why are American movies often promoted abroad with titles -in English- that are different from the originals? [duplicate]

Translating a title makes perfect sense to me. Altering a title to something else in the original language? More confusing. Several examples from France in particular are Pitch Perfect: The Hit ...
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What does the title Silver Linings Playbook mean?

Yesterday I got to watch the movie Silver Linings Playbook. What is the theme of the movie and how is the title related to the context?
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Why is the movie named Maratonci trče počasni krug (in English The Marathon Family)?

The literal meaning of The Marathon Family's original title, Maratonci trče počasni krug, could be translated as something like "Marathoners running a lap of honor". How does the title correspond to ...
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Why is the film titled 'Frances Ha'?

Why is the film titled 'Frances Ha'? Is there some symbolism to it? Sure, we see that she has to abbreviate her name to get her label to fit into the mailbox of her new apartment. But this scene ...
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Why is the movie titled “Skyfall”?

Why is the twenty-third James Bond movie titled Skyfall? I watched the movie but couldn't find him falling from an airplane or something...
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Why is the movie titled “The Sixth Sense”?

What is the relevance of the title to the story? Is the ability to talk to the ghost referred as the sixth sense?
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Why is the movie titled “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”?

I watched the movie, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, several times but couldn't understand the relationship between the title and the story. What does the title mean in the context of the ...
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Who was the Escape Artist?

In the BBC TV series The Escape Artist the title most likely refers to either: Will Burton Liam Foyle In Episode 1, I assumed the title character was Will Burton (he'd never lost a case and so was ...
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Why is the movie titled “The White Balloon”?

If anyone has seen The White Balloon by Jafar Panahi, could you please share your view why the title of the film is that?
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Why “Terminator Salvation” and not “Terminator: Salvation”?

After the success of The Terminator, most of the titles of the franchise have followed the "Terminator: subtitle" template. Examples include: Terminator 2: Judgment Day Terminator 3: Rise of the ...