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1[[quoteright:300:]]께''Hannibal'' is the 1999 {{sequel}} to the bestselling Thomas Harris novel ''Literature/TheSilenceOfTheLambs''. A [[TheFilmOfTheBook movie adaptation]], directed by Creator/RidleyScott, came out in 2001.께Seven years have passed (ten in the film) since Franchise/HannibalLecter's escape from custody. Clarice Starling is now a fully-fledged FBI agent, but a bungled drugs raid leads to her [[TurnInYourBadge being suspended]]. Meanwhile, Lecter is living in UsefulNotes/{{Florence}}, pursued by Starling, a wealthy former victim and a disgraced Italian police detective in different ways for different reasons. The book, although still acclaimed, was far more controversial with critics and readers, especially its [[GainaxEnding ending]]. 께The movie, with [[PragmaticAdaptation a different ending]], saw Creator/AnthonyHopkins reprise his role as Lecter and also starred Creator/JulianneMoore, Creator/GaryOldman and Creator/RayLiotta. It received mixed reviews, not least because Creator/JodieFoster decided not to reprise her role as Starling [[TheOtherDarrin and was replaced by Moore]]. Both book and film, however, made a great deal of money. 께The flashbacks from ''Hannibal'' involving the Verger twins were later incorporated into the second season of Creator/BryanFuller's [[Series/{{Hannibal}} TV series of the same name]], with Creator/MichaelPitt[[note]]and [[TheOtherDarrin Joe Anderson]] in Season 3[[/note]] and Katharine Isabelle as Mason and Margot. The novel's primary story of Lecter on the run (with modifications) influenced the first half of the show's third season. Pazzi was played by Fortunato Cerlino and Will Graham as well as Chiyoh (a character from ''Literature/HannibalRising'') and Bedelia Du Maurier (a CanonForeigner unique to the series) were incorporated into the story. 께께----!!Shows examples of:* AdaptationDistillation: Some of Mason Verger's more repugnant attributes in the book (such as [[spoiler:the severity of his facial injuries and his drinking the tears of children he's emotionally abused]]) were toned down or omitted for the film. Additionally, the absence of Margot Verger means that references to his [[spoiler:sexually abusing her as a child]] were also removed.* AdaptedOut: ** Margot Verger was entirely omitted from the movie. As such the manner of [[spoiler:Mason's death]] is entirely different. ** Jack Crawford is also absent. [[spoiler:He appears in the novel and dies of a heart attack near the end, but according to a deleted scene, he had an [[KilledOffscreen offscreen death]] between the events of ''The Silence of the Lambs'' and ''Hannibal''.]] This was partly because Scott Glenn, who portrayed Crawford in ''Silence'', was so disturbed when [[TheProfiler John Douglas]] (the man upon whom Crawford was based) played him tapes of a teenager being tortured by serial killers Lawrence Bittaker and Roy Norris that he refused to return for the sequel.** Ardelia Mapp, Clarice's friend and housemate, was also written out.** The Gypsy pickpocket Romula was also removed, although she was originally planned to feature. An actress was hired and one of her scenes shot before the decision was made to have Gnocco be the sole person Pazzi hires to obtain Lecter's fingerprints. * AnimalMotifs: Pazzi washes the pickpocket's blood off his hands in the Porcellino fountain, which is bronze boar. The very next scene reveals Verger's intention to have Lecter FedToPigs.* AntagonistTitle: ''Hannibal''. The protagonist, once again, is Clarice Starling.* AssholeVictim: Mason Verger was this, even though he didn't actually die [[spoiler:at least not then]] and just wound up crippled.* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Lecter arms himself with a spring-mounted concealed blade known as a Harpy. * BloodierAndGorier: One of the reasons why Creator/JodieFoster, Jonathan Demme and Ted Tally, respectively the lead actress, director and screenwriter of ''The Silence of the Lambs'', opted out of ''Hannibal''. * BodyCountCompetition: Clarice receives a letter from the Guinness Book of Records congratulating her on being the female FBI agent who has shot and killed the most people.* BodyguardBetrayal: [[spoiler:Cordell, frequently abused by his employer, needs minimal prompting from Hannibal to shove Mason into the pig pit.]]* BondVillainStupidity: Verger's men actually capture Lecter and could have killed him at any moment, but Verger's determination to give him a CruelAndUnusualDeath eventually leads to Lecter escaping. * ChekhovsGun: ** Clarice's handcuffs.** The floor polisher.* CompositeCharacter: ** The film's Cordell Doemling is based on two book characters: Cordell, Mason Verger's private physician, and Dr. Doemling, a psychiatrist Mason consults about Clarice and Dr. Lecter's relationship. Elements of Margot Verger (notably [[spoiler: the task of killing Mason in the film]]) were also incorporated into the character.** Clint Pearsall's role was expanded for the film, taking over the part Jack Crawford played in the novel.* ContinuityNod: ** In ''Silence of the Lambs'', Hannibal has sketched a view of Florence from the roof of the Duomo as part of his WickedCultured personality. One of the first establishing shots in ''Hannibal'' is that exact vista in real life.** During the dinner scene with Krendler, Bach's Goldberg Variations is playing, the same piece Lecter was listening to when he killed his two guards in Tennessee and escaped.* CruelAndUnusualDeath: Perhaps the ''worst in the history of the written word.'' [[spoiler:Lecter captures Clarice and Krendler, drugs and hypnotizes Clarice, then cuts the top off of Krendler's head and cooks his brain for him and Clarice to eat. To be more specific; '''Krendler is not drugged''' - as the brain has no nerves, Hannibal is not only able to saw open Krendler's skull without killing him, but Krendler at first thinks that he just had a TapOnTheHead, only for Hannibal to nonchalantly '''lift the top of his skull off''' and start slicing away like a deranged Japanese steakhouse chef. And Clarice has gone through a HumiliationConga at Krendler's hands, so all it takes is some designer drugs and a little hypnosis for her to '''join Hannibal in feasting on her BadBoss.''' Krendler's slow deterioration into random babble as Hannibal and Clarice feast on every last morsel of his brain is the '''''most triumphant example''''' of Cruel and Unusual Death.]]* DeathByAdaptation[=/=]KilledOffscreen: [[spoiler: As noted in ''Adapted Out", Scott Glenn's refusal to return resulted in a type 2 of the former for Jack Crawford.]]* DemotedToExtra: Barney's part in the novel was largely tied to Margot Verger's subplot. Her omission from the film resulted in Barney's role being reduced, leaving Frankie Faison with only a few scenes.* DirtyCop:** Rinaldo Pazzi is a disgraced Italian detective who partners with Verger's henchmen to capture Lecter, eager to collect a $3 million bounty.** Paul Krendler, who is bribed by Verger to have Starling suspended from the FBI.* TheDogBitesBack: Mason Verger's death.** In the book [[spoiler:Margot Verger takes very messy revenge on her brother Mason, who had sexually abused her when she was younger, and manages to make sure that her family will have access to the family's fortune by getting his sperm so she can impregnate her girlfriend with a blood-related heir]].** In the movie it is [[spoiler: his doctor Cordell Doemling, who throws Verger to the pigs, when Hannibal tells him that he will take the fall]].* EvilCripple:** Mason Verger is a cripple but still manages to be a horrible person.** At the end of the film [[spoiler:Hannibal himself, [[ItMakesSenseInContext having severed his own hand to avoid severing Clarice뭩]]]].* EvilGloating: Mason Verger does this to Hannibal, in the form of ToThePain. He caps his speech with "I bet you wish you'd fed the rest of me to the dogs." Hannibal delivers a ShutUpHannibal (ironic, that) that makes Mason leave the room.* EvilMakesYouUgly: Verger actions resulted in having his face cut off.* EvilWillFail: Posing as "Doctor Fell", Hannibal insults Inspector Pazzi, the Italian detective investigating a missing scholar (who Lecter almost certainly killed to get the scholar's job) for his failings on the "Il Monstro" case. Lecter claims he had been following the case in the papers, which is the first thing that arouses Pazzi's suspicions (that "Fell" had been following a SerialKiller case so closely), and along with a later remark to Clarice about "coming out of retirement" suggests he sabotaged his own freedom, as well as a new career. It is strongly implied that he is, in fact, the Il Monstro killer himself. [[note]]There actually ''was'' an Italian SerialKiller by that name--"The Monster of Florence"--but they operated in the 60's and 70's, and may have been more than one person.[[/note]]* ExtraDigits: Hannibal has six fingers on his left hand, as a metaphor for "being a monster". * FacialHorror: Mason Verger peeled off his own face under the influence of Lecter, plus some party drugs. Seen in the movie [[ Here]].* FBIAgent: Starling is now a fully trained FBI Agent.* FedToPigs: Verger's intended fate for Lecter. [[spoiler: In the film it happens to him instead]].* FlashedBadgeHijack: Averted when Clarice Starling witnesses Hannibal Lecter being kidnapped by Mason Verger's thugs and is unable to get a couple driving a car to even call for help. She spends the next few hours silently cursing herself for not throwing them out of the car and chasing the kidnappers herself.* {{Foreshadowing}}: Lecter gives a lecture with Pazzi in attendance in which he mentions a depiction of Judas Iscariot hanging by the neck with his bowels out. [[spoiler:This is the fate that awaits Pazzi]].* FoeRomanceSubtext: Even in the movie Hannibal sees his obsession with Clarice as romantic, comparing it with Creator/DanteAlighieri's unrequited love for Beatrice (unlike the novel however, this is presented as being entirely one-sided). There's some FoeYay when the female drug dealer goes to shoot Clarice too. "Let's swap body fluids, bitch."* FourTemperamentEnsemble: The Verger family: Mason is choleric, Margot is phlegmatic, Molson is melancholic. * GiveMeBackMyWallet: Dr. Lecter murders the guy who tries to pickpocket him. Though he was also partially murdered by Commendatore Pazzi, the DirtyCop who had hired the pickpocket in the first place to get fingerprints, who intentionally lets him bleed to death so as not to blow his own cover.* GoGoEnslavement: Clarice is rendered unconscious by a gunshot wound and wakes up wearing an evening gown instead of the casual clothes she was wearing earlier. Which never happened in the ''book'' although Clarice does end up wearing the evening gown, she's allowed to put it on without Lecter being in the room. Nor does Lecter ever undress her, except to tend her injuries. * HiddenWire: Clarice Starling mentions during her shooting inquest that a man from another agency is wearing a wire. A FBI man threatens to punch him out if he tries that again.* IronicHell: The punishment Verger has planned for Hannibal is doubly so. On the one hand, he's a cannibal who would be [[FedToPigs eaten alive]], and on the other, Hannibal previously punished Verger by making him cut his own face off and feeding it to dogs.* ItSeemedLikeAGoodIdeaAtTheTime: Verger reflects that he thought this when he was slicing his own face up at Lecter's instigation. * JapaneseTourist: Seen briefly in an establishing scene and are there to take pictures when [[spoiler: Inspector Pazzi]] is murdered.* {{Jerkass}}: Verger and Krendler.* JustDesserts: At the climax of ''Hannibal'', [[spoiler:the boars that Mason hoped would eat Hannibal put him on their menu instead.]]* KarmaHoudini: ** Lecter is this in spades, though Thomas Harris admitted he had grown to like his character so much this trope became inevitable. In the ''Hannibal'' novel Lecter even [[spoiler:finally settles down with Starling following the events of the novel]].* LifeOrLimbDecision : [[spoiler:Lecter]] faces this at the end of the movie. * MoodWhiplash: After Lecter returns to the U.S., a scene shows him in a dignified, high-end shop buying silver, fine china and other expensive baubles, seemingly preparing for a fab dinner party. The next scene shows him going to a hosptal morgue, locking the attendant in the cold chamber and stealing autopsy tools. The viewer is left to ponder what his plans might be for ''those''.* MuggingTheMonster: Pazzi compels a pickpocket to mug Lecter, in order to acquire a fingerprint.* MoreThanMindControl: [[spoiler:Hannibal kidnaps, drugs and hypnotizes a disillusioned Clarice and acts as her therapist. Clarice undergoes a major FaceHeelTurn, and when the drugs wear off, Clarice seduces him.]]* NoodleImplements: Lecter fashions a device with which to [[spoiler:hang and disembowel Pazzi]] out of a floor polisher, its power cable and some duct tape. * OnceForYesTwiceForNo: Lecter does this when he questions the bound and gagged [[spoiler:Pazzi]]. * PlotInducedStupidity : Somehow, after ''Film/TheSilenceOfTheLambs'', Dr. Lecter forgot how to pick the lock on handcuffs. * PragmaticAdaptation: ''Hannibal'' is a much more complicated novel than ''Silence of the Lambs'' and ''Literature/RedDragon'' were. While ''Silence'' and ''Dragon'' were faithfully adapted by Ted Tally ([[AdaptationDistillation the script for ''Silence'' is more or less the novel with the non-essential chapters removed]]), ''Hannibal'' was more thoroughly rewritten. For example, in the novel, the Florence scenes are isolated from the rest of the story and Clarice doesn't make a single appearance. In the film, the scenes of Pazzi investigating Lecter are intercut with scenes of Clarice tracing Lecter's letter to Florence, giving the two leads a scene together midway through. And of course, the controversial ending, in which [[spoiler:Lecter and Starling end up as lovers on the run together]], was dramatically altered as well. Scott asked Harris if he was "married to his ending", and when Harris replied that he was not, Scott changed it.* ProductPlacement: There are several Gucci products featured and promoted throughout the movie. This is due to the friendship between Julianne Moore and the Designer Tom Ford, who was the Creative Director of Gucci at the time the movie was being filmed.* RedHerring: In the book we learn quite a bit about ''Il Mostro'' and the clues clearly point in one direction: The murders happened in one of Lecter's favorite cities, the bodies were specially arranged based on a classic work of art and there was a gap in murders of eight years, the length of time Hannibal was incarcerated. It immediately becomes obvious that ''Il Mostro'' was how Hannibal spent his vacations and that Pazzi, who hunts both killers, would piece it together. Well, not only does Pazzi never suspect a connection, Hannibal himself reveals he has no interest in the case and that aside from his predecessor he hasn't killed anyone since returning to Florence.* ReminiscingAboutYourVictims: Mason Verger reminisces about a Christian camp he attended and his fellow campers, some of them disadvantaged youths who "would do anything for a candy bar" which allowed him to molest them. This is meant to mark him out as an AssholeVictim of Hannibal Lecter's [[spoiler:and later of his sister Margot's]].* RippedFromTheHeadlines: ** The FBI's most wanted list includes UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden, James Charles Kopp and James J. Bulger.[[note]] Kopp and Bulger have since been caught, and Bin Laden, of course, killed by the United States Seal Team 6.[[/note]]** Pazzi is said to have worked on the case of ''Il Mostro'', a RealLife SerialKiller active in Florence in the 1970s and 1980s.** The backstory of antagonist Mason Verger is based not-so-loosely on the purported self-mutilation of a man under the influence of PCP who sliced off bits of his face and fed them to his dogs. The sole evidence for this event seems to come from an annotated photograph in the book ''Practical Homicide Investigation'' by Vernon J. Geberth. '''Warning: the photograph in question is exceptionally graphic and disturbing.''' If you still want to view it (don't say we didn't warn you), you can access the image [[ here.]]* SceneryPorn: Well it is Florence. * TheStinger: After the credits, Lecter뭩 signature rolls onscreen, and Hannibal says, 멦a-ta. H.뮧* TooDumbToLive: Or greedy. Despite everything he reads about Hannibal Lecter and Starling calling him and warning him, Pazzi persists in his efforts to capture him. Even after he has positively identified Lecter to Mason Verger's people and is advised that in order to claim his reward he only has to point Lecter out to the waiting kidnappers, he insists on staying involved. Sure enough. . .* TouchOfTheMonster: After Clarice passes out from the gunshot wound in her shoulder, Lecter carries her bridal-style to safety (well, safer than a pen full of flesh-eating pigs, anyway).* TrustMeImADoctor: Inverted in when Lecter is talking to Margot about killing Mason; she quickly points out that she could never trust him to do it, and he counters by saying that she can trust him to not deny he'd done it.* TurnInYourBadge: A subversion. Clarice is suspended after the botched drugs raid, despite following procedures correctly, because she refuses to sleep with a superior.----


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