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This award-winning poster art conveys many of the movie's themes and plot points: Clarice's skin is pale (in stark contrast to the darkness surrounding her) and blue like a corpse while her blue eyes had turned red, representing the film's themes of death, danger and virtue confronted with a malvolent influence (Lecter's eyes are red in the books, and ...


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It refers to a conversation between Clarice and Hannibal Lecter. In order for Lecter to help with her investigation, he demands she tell him information from her personal life, to satisfy his curiosity. Her story begins with her upbringing in West Virginia with her father. He was later shot. She lived with her mother, but was sent away to live with her ...


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It's a matter of respect Even if his medical licence to practice has been revoked he is still a qualified doctor, having earned a medical degree, and so is entitled to be called "Doctor". However, it's also a matter of maintaining equilibrium with him on a daily basis. Respect and proper manners are highly important to Lecter and treating him with ...


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Hannibal can and would use his mouth to hurt you if it suited him. Hannibal, like most people, has the opportunity to use any part of his body to come into contact with another person (a victim). Unlike most people, Hannibal: Has the medical training to know exactly how to produce whatever damage he wants to inflict in multiple different ways. Has the ...


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The title comes from the very last line of the book. As Andrew Martin states, early in the book, Starling and Lecter have a conversation about her having nightmares with screaming lambs and that she thinks the nightmares will stop if she can save Catherine The book finishes with Clarice Starling having saved Catherine, and true to the conversation, her ...


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Realistic? it's not unknown. It's not inconceivable that the builders decided to construct the house over an existing well for convenience. It would be a weatherproof source of water and would obviate any need to go outside for fresh water. In some older homes you may find that the water well is a drilled or hand dug well located in the building basement or ...


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Yes, Hannibal Lecter sees a lot of things in Clarice: Someone who is smart, but not rude. (Rudeness is Hannibal's biggest pet peeve). Someone who has suffered in a way that he has suffered (childhood trauma, losing family), And eventually, someone who may be able to house his dead little sister's conscience. And someone to love, who can also heal his ...


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The mask is a way to stop Hannibal from biting other people. They tried a few masks to see which one stroke a more menacing look. Other characters in other movies use similar masks for similar purposes, like Steve Buscemi's character in Con Air. Real life anti-biting masks look a little less S&M, although Hannibal's could easily pass for an older model....


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The script has additional information that Gumb took over the house when it was supposed that Ms Lippman moved to Florida and died there two years previously. Clarice is talking to one of Fredrica Bimmel's (the first victim) friends, Stacy..who tells her that Mrs. Lippman died. She died. She went to Florida to retire, like two years ago? ...


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Because at some point in his life, he got a Doctorate. A Doctorate is a very high level of college degree. There are doctorates in almost any collegiate subject. Physics, engineering, data science, geology, psychology, music, etc. In some cultures a doctorate is required to practice medicine at full privilege (unlike, say, a nurse practitioner in the ...


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Wells outside houses were usually public ones. If you build a house far away from anyone (let’s say in rural USA) you didn't need to share that well (and there was little chance your neighbours would be there to need access to water to put out fires). Do you like having a water source in your kitchen? So does anyone since the time we started living in ...


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I didn't catch any explanation for choosing this rather unusual place. The authorities decided any other place wasn't safe for Lecter! Recall that the FBI was "relieved of resposibility" for Lecter by the Senator and responsibility passed to local law enforcement who were clearly unprepared for the lengths Lecter would go to....although the escape ...


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In the novel The Silence of the Lambs which the movie is based on, in Chapter 59, where the author presents some background information about Jame Gumb Reporters pieced together his history, beginning with the records of Sacramento County:      [...]      Years ago, when Dr. Lecter was declared insane, ...


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Actually, when Clarice examined the dead girl in the local mortuary earlier on, one of the things she noticed was two unexplained diamond shaped areas cut out of the back of that girl, in addition to the gunshot wound made at close range (muzzle stamp on the skin) and a death's head moth (or pupae, I can't remember which) stuck, or shoved down, the throat of ...


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Lecter and Chilton are both in Bimini in the Bahamas which is where Hannibal calls Clarice from. It is unclear how he knew that Chilton was going to be there. But presumably, Lecter could have simply called his office and been informed that he was (going to be) on vacation in the Bahamas. Lecter follows Chilton because of the treatment meted out to him in ...


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While I agree with other answers presented, I decided to turn my comment into an answer and go a little deeper into Thomas Harris' objectives on the FBI having incentive to treat Hannibal with respect, but also how that's a theme leading to a more provocative question about humanity and the notion of "civilization" or "civility"... The first two books ...


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At first Lecter considers Clarice just another "rube" to be manipulated... LECTER: You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste. Good nutrition's given you some length of bone, but you're not more than one generation from poor white trash, are ...


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There's nothing 'missing' at all - the track does this several times; just your ear has got used to it by the 2nd or 3rd time. This one feels odd because it's the first one that really establishes the 'beat'. The bar before ends with a string line descending through 3, 4, then there's a bass note [really a low-voiced chord] on beat 1, with a broader spread ...


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Why? Because Crawford was impressed with her and was giving her a chance to show that she had what it would take to work under him at the BSU Crawford was giving her a chance to show her value to his team in the Behavioral Science Unit because she had expressed a desire to work in that unit and she had left an impression on Crawford before. Crawford: A job'...


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In the movie, it is implied that Lecter somehow stole Chilton's pen and used it to fashion a key for the handcuffs that he expects the Tennessee police to use to restrain him. In the book, he's been in possession of the key for some time in anticipation of a chance. His interest is piqued by the Senator's offer in part due to the fact that Chilton tells him ...


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Starling and her friend, Ardelia Mapp, have a conversation (after the scene where Lecter escapes from custody). Staling notes that Lecter said that "everything we need to catch him is right here in these pages". The subsequent dialogue goes like this: Ardelia Mapp: Is this Lecter's handwriting? "Clarice, doesn't this random scattering of sites seem ...


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There are few rapid answers in the books. In Red Dragon Dolarhyde is a disturbed individual who is obsessed with the William Blake painting The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed in Sun (which the book misidentifies as The Great Red Dragon and the Woman Clothed with the Sun ). He is unable to control his violent, sexual urges, and believes that ...


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For the challenge it presented to Lecter. Lecter used to consult for the FBI, and it's implied his services were largely au gratis, and often pro bono. Whilst it's true that he often manipulated his proximity to the FBI for personal leverage, he seemed to genuinely enjoy the pursuit and capture of criminals. Knowing this is something he may willingly ...


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It helps to know that the book is inspired by real cases: Thomas Harris was moved to write the novel that inspired the film after meeting FBI agent John E. Douglas, one of the godfathers of criminal profiling. While attending the lecture of the decorated special agent, Harris learned about three notorious serial killers: Ted Bundy, Gary M. Heidnik ...


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Buffalo Bill owns a dog, so the cat could be seen as the symbol of the victim. The dog as animal stands also for “man”, the cat for “woman”. The little white dog could refer to the transgender of Buffalo Bill. There are a lot of these symbolic animals in the movie. Starlings (the name of Clarice) eat moths (the symbolic animal of Buffalo Bill). All the ...


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He's testing her. Clarice is a trainee sent to him as a part of evaluation. First he made sure she know that he knows that the initial chit-chat was to gain trust and ask him to fill out the form. Then he proceeded to talk about her life, past, dreams and family. She seemed to be disturbed but insisted to push her. So then he resorted to trying to ...


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Why didn't the FBI use a sketch artist to find Buffalo Bill? The question assumes that the FBI have someone who is willing to describe Bill to a sketch artist... and they don't. Yes, Hannibal knows Bill, or at least could describe him, but he has no particular reason to tell the FBI that he does and less to help them any more than he is willing to do. ...


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It is never revealed, but in the discussion between Starling and Lectur after he meets the Senator, he asks her questions to get her to put together the reason Buffalo Bill is killing. Now think on the exchange. He repeats the word Simplicity. Simplicity was or still is a company that made patterns for women to sew at home. Now she doesn't pick up on this,...


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Basically, nothing Leaving aside that Lecter is a famous psychiatrist and would have had experience of such a common psychiatric disorder, the fact is that Lecter knows who Buffalo Bill is. This is not really covered well in the movie for, I suspect, time reasons but, in the novel, it is made clear that Lecter had a patient, Benjamin Raspail, who was ...


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