History Headscratchers / TheSilenceOfTheLambs

2nd May '16 11:53:02 PM shamblingdead2
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** While there's a quick cut from Lecter in his cell to arriving at the Tennessee airport, it's a fair assumption that some time passed between the two scenes. Lecter simply grabbed the pen when no one was looking.
9th Apr '16 11:19:55 PM shamblingdead2
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** It was very much an OhCrap moment for Crawford. The whole thing was a colossal screwup on the FBI's part, and going to the wrong house was just the last nail in the coffin, so to speak.
19th Oct '14 3:47:54 AM shamblingdead2
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** IIRC, Verger disfigured ''himself'', due to post-hypnotic suggestion from Lecter.

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** IIRC, Verger disfigured ''himself'', due to post-hypnotic suggestion from Lecter. According to TheOtherWiki, Lecter treated Verger after the latter's arrest for various crimes, and was himself arrested "soon after" the disfiguring and broken neck. It's likely no one took Verger all that seriously, given his own sick criminal nature, despite his family's money and influence.
19th Oct '14 3:35:16 AM shamblingdead2
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** IIRC, Verger disfigured ''himself'', due to post-hypnotic suggestion from Lecter.
26th Jul '14 8:28:16 PM IuraCivium
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* Ok during that RedHerring scene where Crawford and his men break down the wrong house looking for Buffalo Bill. Why did Crawford look shocked when he mentioned Clarice's name. Did he some how sense that she found the real home and is in danger or something? That scene confused me.

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* Ok during During that RedHerring scene where Crawford and his men break down the wrong house looking for Buffalo Bill. Why Bill, why did Crawford look shocked when he mentioned Clarice's name. name? Did he some how somehow sense that she found the real home and is in danger or something? That scene confused me. something?
26th Jul '14 8:26:58 PM IuraCivium
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** Chilton introduced him as "Doctor Hannibal Lecter" because he wanted the introduction to be more dramatic. Same goes for the little flourish of his hand. In the novel this is when Senator Martin beings to realize that siding with Chilton was a mistake.

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** Chilton introduced him as "Doctor Hannibal Lecter" because he wanted the introduction to be more dramatic. Same goes for the little flourish of his hand. In the novel this is when Senator Martin beings begins to realize that siding with Chilton was a mistake.
1st Jun '14 9:51:28 AM TVRulezAgain
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** I see it as a subtle commentary on Lecter's character. He has done things so heinous and ruthless that just hearing about them would make you squirm, yet he is undeniably brilliant and even the FBI still has a great deal of respect for him. It's also interesting given the character of Clarice, who is portrayed as sort of a timid but brave interloper in an otherwise male-dominated law enforcement world; perhaps the connotation of "Doctor" also serves to juxtapose her disrespected FBI character against a well-respected cannibal. It's also a constant reminder of the duality of his role in society prior to his capture, and there is a sadistic subtext in the characters referring to the psychotic madman as "Doctor." So I'd say half of it is purely to serve the script and the other half is the characters acknowledging his intellect (especially since much of the movie revolves around them trying to get information and assistance from him).

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** I see it as a subtle commentary on Lecter's character. He has done things so heinous and ruthless that just hearing about them would make you squirm, yet he is undeniably brilliant and even the FBI still has a great deal of respect for him. It's also interesting given the character of Clarice, who is portrayed as sort of a timid but brave interloper in an otherwise male-dominated law enforcement world; perhaps the connotation of "Doctor" also serves to juxtapose her disrespected FBI character against a well-respected cannibal. It's also a constant reminder of the duality of his role in society prior to his capture, and there is a sadistic subtext in the characters referring to the psychotic madman as "Doctor." So I'd say half of it is purely to serve the script and the other half is the characters acknowledging his intellect (especially since much of the movie revolves around them trying to get information and assistance from him).



* HOW did Lecter get that pen??? In the film, at least, it seems like the only way he could possibly have grabbed it would be if he used [[StarWars the Force]]. Which, ya know, is totally legit.

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* HOW did Lecter get that pen??? In the film, at least, it seems like the only way he could possibly have grabbed it would be if he used [[StarWars [[Franchise/StarWars the Force]]. Which, ya know, is totally legit.



* Possibly the result of an AdaptationExplanationExtrication, but how did Lecter manage to remain a free man with a squeaky clean reputation, not to mention a licensed psychiatrist, long enough to later murder the flautist (Raspaill, in the novels) and be "found out" by Will Graham if he had already crippled and disfigured Mason Verger during a therapy session?

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* Possibly the result of an AdaptationExplanationExtrication, but how did Lecter manage to remain a free man with a squeaky clean reputation, not to mention and a licensed psychiatrist, long enough to later murder the flautist (Raspaill, in the novels) and be "found out" by Will Graham if he had already crippled and disfigured Mason Verger during a therapy session?
16th May '14 7:05:34 PM OmarKarindu
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* Possibly the result of an AdaptationExplanationExtrication, but how did Lecter manage to remain a free man with a squeaky clean reputation, not to mention a licensed psychiatrist, long enough to later murder the flautist (Raspaill, in the novels) and be "found out" by Will Graham if he had already crippled and disfigured Mason Verger during a therapy session?
21st Feb '14 1:32:35 PM ForQueenAndHive
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**Since Starling is Crawford's prodigy, as well as much more directly involved in the case than he was, he probably figured that she knew where she was. In addition, a previous scene has Starling mention how she knows Buffalo Bill's location, with Crawford retorting he already does. Since Starling was absent when he arrived, he then knew Starling had found the actual location and was already there.
2nd Feb '14 4:25:56 PM STFilmmaker
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** Chilton was careless one day and left it in his cell. This is thoroughly explained in the novel.

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** Chilton was careless one day and left it in his cell. This is thoroughly explained in the novel. novel.
* Ok during that RedHerring scene where Crawford and his men break down the wrong house looking for Buffalo Bill. Why did Crawford look shocked when he mentioned Clarice's name. Did he some how sense that she found the real home and is in danger or something? That scene confused me.
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