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Originally, a teaser poster released in the UK had a picture of Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) with a "skin mask" covering the right side of his face, ala the infamous escape scene in The Silence of the Lambs (1991). The poster was quickly pulled from advertisement, as it was seen as being "too shocking and disturbing" for the public. See more »
In his lecture on Dante's Inferno in the Capponi Library in Florence, Lecter incorrectly assigns the sin of avarice to Pier della Vigna, who died by hanging; Dante emphasizes Vigna's innocence and says he was unjustly accused by envious subordinates, which drove him to suicide. Lecter also inaccurately attributes the quote "I made my own home my gallows" to Vigna, the quote comes from an anonymous Florentine suicide invented by Dante. See more »
[Mason Verger is going to have Hannibal Lecter fed to wild pigs]
You will stay for the evening's entertainment, won't you, Cordell?
If it's all the same to you, I think I'd rather not.
Rather not? Or *will* not?
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After the credits, we hear Lecter say "Ta ta, H.", the closing line of the post-script in his letter to Clarice. See more »
I like this film a lot, but of course it suffers - as all sequels do - by comparison to its predecessor, in this case 'Silence of the Lambs' The main reason for having a sequel at all was to showcase again the character of Hannibal Lecter, a monstrous creation everyone wanted to see more of after the first film. It could have bombed badly therefore if writer and actor had let us down by failing to catch the magic again. It was after all a decade after the original was made. But they don't, and Anthony Hopkins turns in another delicious performance as the man with the evil intent cloaked in inestimable, menacing charm.
Julianne Moore drew the short straw in having to re-create the Clarice Starling role that had been so memorably played by another actress. She does well in my opinion, but inevitably we keep thinking 'where is Jodie Foster?', and this lends her portrayal a lack of credibility which is entirely unfair. Gary Oldman's Mason Verger is suitably loathsome and manages to make Lecter seem almost like the hero in their battle of wits. If there is a weak link, Ray Liotta's Krendler seems a bit misplaced.
The direction deserves special mention. The lush, beautiful settings are mocked by the horror of what is happening in them and the perfectly-selected atmospheric music stayed in my mind long after the film had ended.
Once again, the film lacks realism, but as with the original, it doesn't matter. Of course things like this don't really happen - but so what? It's a film. Get over it! I was prompted after seeing it to read the books, and the right decision was made in changing the ending of this story from that written by Thomas Harris.
We were subsequently treated to another look at Lecter in a decent prequel movie, 'Red Dragon,' but I will not be alone in hoping that some day we will see yet more of him in a further instalment. Unlikely I suspect - but not impossible.
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