History Literature / TheSilenceOfTheLambs

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."
10th Apr '16 10:00:03 AM shamblingdead2
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* ChekhovsSkill : In the book but not the film, Clarice's hand strength and firing speed are tested on the FBI range. It comes in handy later.
9th Apr '16 10:24:52 PM shamblingdead2
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* ClickHello: As Buffalo Bill stalks Clarice through the darkened basement, she has no idea where he is--until he pulls back the hammer of his gun. Hearing this, she instantly turns around and empties ''her'' gun into him.

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* ClickHello: As Buffalo Bill [[NightmareFuel stalks Clarice through the darkened basement, basement]], she has no idea where he is--until he pulls back the hammer of his gun. Hearing this, she instantly turns around and empties ''her'' gun into him.



* 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.

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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.
9th Apr '16 10:14:42 PM shamblingdead2
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* DoubleMeaning: One of the most famous lines in the movie has a second meaning that 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.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.done.
** A more blatant example comes after Hannibal has been moved to Memphis, and he and Clarice have a conversation while he's in the temporary cell. He tells Clarice the clue is "simplicity." (Butterick's) Simplicity is the name of a series of sewing patterns.
31st Mar '16 6:10:08 PM Sharkemental
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There's another serial killer on the loose, "Buffalo Bill," who abducts women, kills and skins them, and shoves [[MacabreMothMotif chrysalitic moths]] down their throats. Behavioral Sciences, the section of the FBI that deals with violent crime, is stuck; section chief Jack Crawford has no idea how to stop this guy. The game-changer comes in the form of ambitious young trainee Clarice Starling. Pulled into the investigation almost by accident, she is sent to interview the incarcerated psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter--"Hannibal the Cannibal"--for insight into Buffalo Bill's psychosis. Lecter agrees to help in exchange for Clarice's most traumatic memories, and the two develop a weird symbiotic relationship. And the clock is ticking, because Buffalo Bill's latest victim is the daughter of a US Senator, and if they can't get him now, all hell will break loose...

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There's another serial killer on the loose, "Buffalo Bill," who abducts women, kills and skins them, and shoves [[MacabreMothMotif chrysalitic moths]] down their throats. Behavioral Sciences, the section of the FBI that deals with violent crime, is stuck; section chief Jack Crawford has no idea how to stop this guy. The game-changer comes in the form of ambitious young trainee Clarice Starling. Pulled into the investigation almost by accident, she is sent to interview the incarcerated psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter--"Hannibal the Cannibal"--for insight into Buffalo Bill's psychosis. Lecter agrees to help in exchange for Clarice's most traumatic memories, and the two develop a weird strange symbiotic relationship. And the clock is ticking, because Buffalo Bill's latest victim is the daughter of a US Senator, and if they can't get him now, all hell will break loose...
31st Mar '16 1:54:20 AM missjewels
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* MindGameShip: Clarice and Hannibal's relationship exemplify this. [[spoiler:They even get a RelationshipUpgrade in the third book.]]
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