I did some screen shots of a movie and put text on the jpgs and saved them as a word document. But I have NO idea (newbie here) how to upload it to my dashboard so I can share it.. So if someone could help me figure it out I would really appreciate it :)) It is a share of certain dialogue from a certain movie that starred a certain two favourite actors 10 years before they were both on Hannibal :) … Thank you!
Anonymous said: Do you have an idea why Hannibal grimaces when he drinks the champagne on the plane? I know Mads does not like champagne, but he is a consumate actor so I doubt that is it. Is he thinking about the events that just happened, and if so, why in particular causes his grimace?
I’m sure at least part of it was for the sake of realism, given that Jack had just pummeled the crap out of his face, and eating and drinking might well be painful for a while. (There is a kind of poetic justice in Jack making it so Hannibal can’t enjoy his food, even temporarily.)
But also, yes, it does emphasize Hannibal’s inner pain and the weight of grief he now bears. I couldn’t possibly pinpoint what exactly crossed his mind at that moment, but overall the biggest grief for Hannibal is the fact that he let Will in: he risked and lost everything for intimacy with this man who ultimately—as Hannibal sees it—rejected him. It’s the risk we all take when we enter into intimate relationships: we expose ourselves and make ourselves vulnerable in the hopes that the other person will not just appreciate us and love us back, but also give of themselves as freely and generously.
Hannibal invited Will into his life and gave him literally everything Hannibal had to give: all his material life (possessions, professsion, etc); his relationships with everyone else (he didn’t want anything in Will’s life except for him, but he actually reciprocated that by giving up every one of his own relationships for Will, including his affair with Alana—“Achilles wished all Greeks would die so that he and Patroclus could conquer Troy alone”); his reputation and anonymity; the formative moments of his life (Mischa and the ortolan bunting ceremony); his complete attention, adoration and devotion; and he was even going to make right what he had done to Will previously by returning Abigail to him.
A rare gift, indeed.
It’s especially rare, even unique, because Hannibal has never made this kind of commitment and exposed himself in this way before. Even if the story holds true to his relationships with Mischa and Murasaki in its new imagining of his origins, he was a child when he entered into those relationships and didn’t choose to expose himself so much as he couldn’t prevent them from both seeing into him and mattering to him. He has never given himself to any other person in any way remotely like this, and he did it here with complete and absolute abandon.
And Will…didn’t. He held back. He played Hannibal. He may have fallen the rest of the way in love with Hannibal while he was doing it, but he still played the fuck out of him.
It’s beyond appropriate that what would reveal Will’s duplicity to Hannibal was the scent of Freddie Lounds, because there was probably no single moment in their friendship that was more meaningful to Hannibal than when Will brought her meat for the two of them to dine on: there’s no gesture greater or more romantic than giving someone a gift he so singularly will appreciate, that spoke so clearly of Will knowing who Hannibal was and not just willingly sharing in that with him, but reveling in it with him—surprising him with it, freely giving, openly loving.
And it was a lie. Hannibal gave of himself, completely and utterly, but Will did not.
Your insight is breathtaking! I thought the same thing, however not with all of the extraneous considerations such as the fact that Hannibal, whilst in his relationships with Murasaki and Mischa, was still a child. And with Will, it was for Hannibal going into this relationship with his eyes wide open, an adult.. In the Dutch language we have a wonderful term to indicate someone of an adult status: Volwassen (independent, of own responsibility, able to look after themselves) and in the way you describe Hannibal’s previous albeit IMPORTANT relationships, he was but a child, not quite capable of seeing the whole picture and drawn into those relationships as a result of circumstantial ties (family) while with Will, Hannibal goes in with being his own man, independent, no one “telling” him or forcing him into this circumstance. Hence the devastation in his soul and the weight of grief a grey pallor on his face as he leans his head back, takes a breath and “wades into the quiet of the stream”..