History Literature / TheSilenceOfTheLambs

12th Jul '16 9:34:56 PM shamblingdead2
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* AdaptedOut : Many of the minor characters and short scenes from the book are missing from the film, due to time constraints. One notably missing is the Johns Hopkins surgeon, whose scene with Crawford might have covered some of the more problematic representation of transgendered people. As it is, a single line that "transsexuals are very passive" handwaves this in the film.
10th Jul '16 5:21:32 PM theonewhoknocks
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** The nurse that Lector attacked during his EKG. Dr. Chilton shows Clarice a photo and describes bits of what happened to her, but the camera never shows the photo, so the rest is left to the imagination.

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** The nurse that Lector attacked during his an EKG. Dr. Chilton shows Clarice a photo and describes bits of what happened to her, but the aftermath (and that Lector ate her tongue). However, the camera never shows the photo, so the rest is left to the imagination.
10th Jul '16 5:19:21 PM theonewhoknocks
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** The nurse that Lector attacked during his EKG. Dr. Chilton shows Clarice a photo and describes bits of what happened to her, but the camera never shows the photo, so the rest is left to the imagination.
19th Jun '16 11:07:37 PM igordebraga
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This book was a huge success, and was adapted into an even more successful 1991 film starring Creator/JodieFoster as Clarice and Creator/AnthonyHopkins in a career-defining performance as Lecter; the film became the third, and to this day, the last film ever to win all five major Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay), which for a February-released thriller/horror film was astonishing. (The other two films to sweep the major Oscars are ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.) Of all the Hannibal Lecter books and films, ''The Silence of the Lambs'' is perhaps the only true classic, and indeed both series are often referred to as "The Silence of the Lambs Series". It was followed by a sequel, ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'' (1999) and a prequel, ''Hannibal Rising'' (2006).

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This book was a huge success, and was adapted into an even more successful 1991 film starring Creator/JodieFoster as Clarice and Creator/AnthonyHopkins in a career-defining performance as Lecter; the film became the third, and to this day, the last film ever to win all five major Oscars (Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Adapted Screenplay), which for a February-released thriller/horror film was astonishing. (The other two films to sweep the major Oscars are ''Film/ItHappenedOneNight'' and ''Literature/OneFlewOverTheCuckoosNest''.) Of all the Hannibal Lecter books and films, ''The Silence of the Lambs'' is perhaps the only true classic, and indeed both series are often referred to as "The Silence of the Lambs Series". It was followed by a sequel, ''Literature/{{Hannibal}}'' (1999) and a prequel, ''Hannibal Rising'' ''Literature/HannibalRising'' (2006).



%% * ChessMaster: Hannibal Lecter.

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%% * ChessMaster: Hannibal Lecter.Lecter, who manages to both help Clarice get Buffalo Bill and architect his escape.



-->'''Lecter:''' What do your two disciplines tell you about Buffalo Bill?
-->'''Clarice:''' By the book, he's a sadist.
-->'''Lecter:''' Life's too slippery for books, Clarice. Anger presents as lust, lupus presents as hives. You mean Dr. Bloom's book. You looked me up in it, didn't you?
-->'''Clarice:''' Yes.
-->'''Lecter:''' How does he describe me?
-->'''Clarice:''' A pure sociopath.
-->'''Lecter:''' Would you say Dr. Bloom is always right?
-->'''Clarice:''' [[DeadpanSnarker I'm still waiting for the shallowness of affect]].

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-->'''Lecter:''' What do your two disciplines tell you about Buffalo Bill?
-->'''Clarice:'''
Bill?\\
'''Clarice:'''
By the book, he's a sadist.
-->'''Lecter:'''
sadist.\\
'''Lecter:'''
Life's too slippery for books, Clarice. Anger presents as lust, lupus presents as hives. You mean Dr. Bloom's book. You looked me up in it, didn't you?
-->'''Clarice:''' Yes.
-->'''Lecter:'''
you?\\
'''Clarice:''' Yes.\\
'''Lecter:'''
How does he describe me?
-->'''Clarice:'''
me?\\
'''Clarice:'''
A pure sociopath.
-->'''Lecter:'''
sociopath.\\
'''Lecter:'''
Would you say Dr. Bloom is always right?
-->'''Clarice:'''
right?\\
'''Clarice:'''
[[DeadpanSnarker I'm still waiting for the shallowness of affect]].



%% * GeniusBruiser: Hannibal.

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%% * GeniusBruiser: Hannibal.Hannibal, who along with brains is strong enough to carry bodies.
23rd May '16 2:14:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* GlassyPrison: Hannibal Lecter's cell at the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane is the only one in the unit to have a glass wall facing the hallway whereas the others have normal bars, as he's by far the most dangerous inmate there.
4th May '16 2:04:09 PM shamblingdead2
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* AllGirlsWantBadBoys : Benjamin Raspail's infatuation with Jame Gumb, despite Gumb's penchant for "the bad thing" and wearing Klaus as an apron.
23rd Apr '16 3:55:27 PM charliebiggs
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* CombatPragmatist: Lecter In his deranged CrowningMomentOfAwesome he [[spoiler: bites a guard on the face, then pepper sprays him, then bludgeons the guard's friend to death with a truncheon--a friend who is unarmed, and has his hands handcuffed to the cage bars.]] Then he listens to a piece of classical music[[note]] Johann Sebastian Bach's ''The Goldberg Variations'', recorded by Glenn Gould in 1955[[/note]] that makes the cell kind of like a high-end restaurant. The scene also acts as a ghastly sort of BrickJoke. Lecter's face is serene, a callback to Chilton's line that Lecter's pulse "never got above 85," when killing the nurse.

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* CombatPragmatist: Lecter In his deranged CrowningMomentOfAwesome he [[spoiler: bites a guard on the face, then pepper sprays him, then bludgeons the guard's friend to death with a truncheon--a friend who is unarmed, and has his hands handcuffed to the cage bars.]] Then he listens to a piece of classical music[[note]] Johann Sebastian Bach's ''The Goldberg Variations'', recorded by Glenn Gould in 1955[[/note]] that makes the cell kind of like a high-end restaurant. The scene also acts as a ghastly sort of BrickJoke. Lecter's face is serene, a callback to Chilton's line that Lecter's pulse "never got above 85," when killing attacking the nurse.
20th Apr '16 3:31:21 PM charliebiggs
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* AllMenArePerverts: You can count on one hand the number of men who don't hit on Clarice. And, arguably, the number who don't have some kind of psychosexual disorder, given the subject matter.

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* AllMenArePerverts: You can count on one hand the number of men who don't ''don't'' hit on Clarice. And, arguably, the number who don't have some kind of psychosexual disorder, given the subject matter.



* ADateWithRosiePalms: Migs, the patient in the next cell over from Hannibal, does this and throws the results at Clarisse when she's on her way out of the asylum basement. Hannibal is [[EvenEvilHasStandards so insulted]] that he agrees to help Clarisse find Gumb to make up for it, and then talks Miggs into killing himself.

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* ADateWithRosiePalms: Migs, Miggs, the patient in the next cell over from Hannibal, does this and throws the results at Clarisse Clarice when she's on her way out of the asylum basement. Hannibal is [[EvenEvilHasStandards so insulted]] that he agrees to help Clarisse Clarice find Gumb to make up for it, and then talks Miggs into killing himself.



* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Clarisse actually manages to deceive Lecter with a fake proposal from Senator Martin– deceive ''a man who can guess her family history just from smelling the remnants of her perfume''. He doesn't even realize it until Chilton tells him, and even then, he doesn't bear much ill-will towards Clarisse, with no more than a couple biting remarks near the beginning of their next meeting.

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* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Clarisse Clarice actually manages to deceive Lecter with a fake proposal from Senator Martin– Martin – deceive ''a man who can guess her family history just from smelling the remnants of her perfume''. He doesn't even realize it until Chilton tells him, and even then, he doesn't bear much ill-will towards Clarisse, Clarice, with no more than a couple biting remarks near the beginning of their next meeting.



* DoubleMeaning: One of the most famous lines in the movie has a second meaning that [[GeniusBonus most people miss]]. Hannibal Lecter tells Clarice, "A census taker tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. (Slurp sound effect.)" Now, Clarice - and most of the audience - believe Lecter is confessing to one of his crimes. What most people would not know is that a common treatment for Lector's "brand of crazy" is to use drugs of a class known as MAOIs. There are several things one must not eat when taking MAOIs, as they can case fatally low blood pressure, and as a physician and psychiatrist himself, Dr. Lecter would be well aware of this. These things include liver, fava beans, and red wine. In short, Lecter was telling Clarice that ''he was off his medication''. Not surprising, but very subtly done.

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* DoubleMeaning: One of the most famous lines in the movie has a second meaning that [[GeniusBonus most people miss]]. Hannibal Lecter tells Clarice, "A census taker tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. (Slurp sound effect.)" Now, Clarice - and most of the audience - believe Lecter is merely confessing to one of his crimes. What most people would not know is that a common treatment for Lector's Lecter's "brand of crazy" is to use drugs of a class known as MAOIs. [=MAOIs=] (monoamine oxidase inhibitors). There are several things one must not eat when taking MAOIs, [=MAOIs=], as they can case fatally low blood pressure, and as a physician and psychiatrist himself, Dr. Lecter would be well aware of this. These things include liver, fava beans, and red wine. In short, Lecter was telling Clarice that ''he was off his medication''. Not surprising, but very subtly done.



* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: Hannibal does seem rather fond of remembering that postal worker whose liver he ate.

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* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: Hannibal does seem rather fond of remembering that postal worker census taker whose liver he ate.



** In the novel, Lecter falsely identifies a man named Billy Rubin as Buffalo Bill. A search of Lecter's cell [[spoiler:after he escapes]] reveals a note floating in his toilet with Chilton's name on it with numbers after some of the letters. FBI cryptographers figure out it's the formula for a pigment called bilirubin, which is a chief coloring agent in feces – and is more or less the same color as Dr. Chilton's hair. Yes, Lecter basically called Chilton a shithead.

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** In the novel, Lecter falsely identifies a man named Billy Rubin as Buffalo Bill. A search of Lecter's cell [[spoiler:after he escapes]] reveals a note floating in his toilet with Chilton's name on it with numbers after some of the letters. FBI cryptographers lab technicians figure out it's the formula for a pigment called bilirubin, which is a chief coloring agent in feces – and is more or less the same color as Dr. Chilton's hair. Yes, Lecter basically called Chilton a shithead.



** An even more interesting subversion is that Lecter mentions to Clarice that he's using his skills as a therapist to work with one of the other patients. He gives the impression that he's sincerely trying to help the man, though it's possible he's doing it out of sheer boredom (and more possible he made the whole thing up to screw with her head.) The latter being especially plausible, since Lecter derides psychiatry as being composed of "ham radio enthusiasts and other personality-deficient buffs."

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** An even more interesting subversion is that Lecter mentions to Clarice that he's using his skills as a therapist to work with one of the other patients. He gives the impression that he's sincerely trying to help the man, though it's possible he's doing it out of sheer boredom (and more possible he made the whole thing up to screw with her head.) The latter being especially plausible, since Lecter derides psychiatry psychology as being composed of "ham radio enthusiasts and other personality-deficient buffs."



* WorthyOpponent: Zigzagged a little. Chilton clearly feels like he is this to Lecter, but Lecter despises him and considers him an idiot; case in point, he faked going along with a psychological profile Chilton was trying to do on him, then had his ''own'' results, of what he had learned about Chilton, published first and made him a laughing stock. Lecter's ''true'' worthy opponent is Crawford; when Chilton blusters about Crawford not wanting to openly ask for Lecter's help because Crawford thought Lecter would fake helping for the entertainment, Lecter admits to himself that's what would have happened, and is impressed that Crawford thought of it.

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* WorthyOpponent: Zigzagged a little. Chilton clearly feels like he is this to Lecter, but Lecter despises him and considers him an idiot; case in point, he faked going along with a psychological profile Chilton was trying to do on him, then had his ''own'' results, of what he had learned about Chilton, published first and made him a laughing stock.laughingstock. Lecter's ''true'' worthy opponent is Crawford; when Chilton blusters about Crawford not wanting to openly ask for Lecter's help because Crawford thought Lecter would fake helping for the entertainment, Lecter admits to himself that's what would have happened, and is impressed that Crawford thought of it.
20th Apr '16 3:01:08 PM charliebiggs
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** In the novel, Lecter falsely identifies a man named Billy Rubin as Buffalo Bill. A search of Lecter's cell [[spoiler:after he escapes]] reveals a note floating in his toilet with Chilton's name on it with numbers after some of the letters. FBI cryptographers figure out it's the formula for a pigment called bilirubin, which is a chief coloring agent in feces – and is more or less the same color as Dr. Chilton's hair. Yes, Lecter basically called Chilton a shithead.
16th Apr '16 9:34:42 PM shamblingdead2
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* BerserkButton: Gumb hated his name being pronounced incorrectly. Jame rhymes with name.


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* InkblotTest : Rorschach is mentioned in passing as one test Billy likely took while seeking gender-reassignment. A whole scene is devoted to describing "House, Tree, Person."
* InsistentTerminology : Gumb refers to murder and mutilation as "The Bad Thing."
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