The movie was made before I was born and here in this article I want to say a few words about it.
There is an original novel with the same name that consists of 4 books. And 4 movies to go with it.
1st movie: The Silence of the Lambs (1991) and the 3rd one in the timeline.
2nd movie : Hannibal (2001) and the 4th one in the timeline. (10 years after the 3rd one)
3rd movie : Red Dragon (2002) and the 2nd one in the timeline.
4th movie: Hannibal Rising (2007) and the 1st one in the timeline, shows Lecter’s childhood and subsequently.
I think the most famous line in this film is:
“Well, Clarice – have the lambs stopped screaming?”
The crucial part throughout the whole story is Clarice’s childhood trauma. When Clarice was little, she heard the screaming of lambs while they were being slaughtered. And Lecter, knowing of that trauma, asks her the above question in the end of the movie on the phone. This single line is also connected to the title of the movie and is the most famous one.
Now below is the line/quote to a question of why serial killers act the way they act:
“…And how do we begin to covet, Clarice? Do we seek out things to covet? …
…we begin by coveting what we see every day…”
The urge of doing something illegal may be because one wants to be socially recognized from its existence. Sexual drive may also be an urge, but the motive of crime, in one way or another, is “coveting”. One wants something so bad (tension relief, or a 10-y/o kid, or both) and then one acts.
From my viewpoint, Lecter and Clarice are in a weird, twisted kind of, forbidden love relationship. Reading all the comments online, so many people are speculating about their relationship in so many different ways, and I agree and disagree with some of them. Interestingly, the sequel makes Lecter and Clarice’s relationship more plausible. In fact, the endings, in the movie and in the book, are quite different in telling their relationship.
The TV series of Hannibal was also interesting, although I stopped watching after a few episodes, and Mads Mikkelsen is almost too hot for Lecter. The series is based on Red Dragon, and is worth checking out: 3 series, 39 episodes.
So, have the lambs stopped screaming, Millennials?