You know, we never saw his knife. I think we can get him back.
- ... do you believe a man could become so obsessed with a woman,
from a single encounter?
- Could he daily feel a stab of hunger for her and find nourishment
from the very sight of her? I think so.
But would she see through the bars of his plight and ache for him?
- Thomas Harris, Hannibal
The scenes between Lecter and Clarice are basically seduction scenes. They play, oddly enough, as if they were lovers. They only touch one time in the entire movie - in their last scene together when he says goodbye to her and hands her back her notes and touches her finger. And it’s almost a shock to the audience when they actually touch. With these scenes I think you approach exactly as if you were writing a sort of courtship between two lovers.
- Ted Tally (screenwriter), The Silence of the Lambs Criterion Edition commentary
Reading, Starling heard the words in the same voice that had mocked her and pierced her, probed her life and enlightened her in the maximum security ward of the insane asylum, when she had to trade the quick of her life to Hannibal Lecter in exchange for his vital knowledge of Buffalo Bill. The metallic rasp of the seldom-used voice still sounded in her dreams.
Lecter is so lucid, so perceptive; he’s trained in psychiatry…and he’s a mass murderer. He seemed cooperative, and we thought that he could be a window on this kind of aberration. - Red Dragon
He is so lucid, so perceptive. He’s trained in criminal psychology, and he is a mass murderer. He’s a prize patient. Or should be - NBC Hannibal
I used to watch television shows to distract myself from reality but it’s gotten to the point where I need reality to distract me from my television shows
"The bad part is, you have to be careful when you share all the bad with your girlfriends. Because YOU may forgive him, but we don’t, honey. That’s the thing. If he screwed you over, he screwed me over, because you’re my girl. So you have to be careful with the level of bad that you share with your girls. Because you forgive, but oh honey, mama don’t."