Hannibal (2001)

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German title Hannibal
Original title Hannibal
Country of production USA , UK
original language English , Italian , German , Japanese
Publishing year 2001
length 131 minutes
Age rating FSK 18
JMK 16
Director Ridley Scott
script David Mamet
Steven Zaillian
production Dino De Laurentiis
Martha De Laurentiis
Ridley Scott
music Hans Zimmer
camera John Mathieson
cut Pietro Scalia

←  Predecessor
The Silence of the Lambs (film)

Successor  →
red dragon (film)

Hannibal is the title of the film adaptation of the novel of the same name . The film was made as a sequel to The Silence of the Lambs , followed later by Roter Drache and Hannibal Rising - How it all began . These four films based on the novel by Thomas Harris are linked by the appearance of the fictional serial killer Hannibal Lecter . Hannibal is the second film in the series; the novel was published as the third book in the series.


Clarice Starling had no career with the FBI ; it is constantly harassed by married government official Paul Krendler, whom she once considered lovers rebuffed left. In addition, she is held responsible for the deaths of several police officers in the attempt to arrest a drug dealer, which she directed.

About ten years after his escape, Hannibal Lecter lives as the museum curator of the Capponi Library under the false name of Dr. Fell in Florence . The Italian commissioner Rinaldo Pazzi, a descendant of the Pazzi family , is supposed to clear up the mysterious disappearance of his predecessor. He is referred to as Hannibal Lecter alias Dr. Fell attentively and notices that one of his previous victims has offered him a high reward: Mason Verger, the disfigured rich heir of a cattle baron, the only victim who has survived Lecter's sadistic escapades. Dr. Lecter had once drugged Verger, a practicing sado masochist , and then persuaded him to peel off his face and feed it to his dogs.

The commissioner denounced Lecter to Verger's confidants in Switzerland. Verger sends his henchmen to have Lecter captured and fed alive to wild boars . However, Lecter can kill one of the men. He overpowers Pazzi in the Palazzo Vecchio and wants to stage the scene on an old painting in which one of the ancestors of the commissioner was hanged in front of the facade of the palace for participating in the Pazzi conspiracy . With well-groomed courtesy, Lecter asks the inspector whether he wants to keep the innards inside or - as in the painting - should be hung with his stomach slit open. Lecter doesn't wait for the answer, however, decides on the second option, hangs Pazzi and leaves town.

In the USA there is a showdown: Verger has Lecter kidnapped in order to feed him to the trained wild boars and to watch him die in agony. However, Starling is able to locate Lecter and save his life at the last second, but she is injured in an exchange of fire with Verger's henchmen. Lecter takes the unconscious Starling with him to nurse her back to health. Before he leaves, however, he instigates Verger's personal doctor to push the disabled Verger and his wheelchair into the pit to the wild boars, where he is torn to pieces by them. Starling does not wake up until some time later and is still stunned by severe pain medication. Lecter invited her to a celebratory dinner at which Paul Krendler, drugged and with his skull open, ate parts of his own brain . Starling manages to notify the FBI and handcuffs Lecter to himself. In order to escape in time, Lecter chops off his own hand - and leaves Starling alive.

The last scene shows him in an airplane, in front of himself a snack that he has brought with him. a. also consists of a bowl with parts of the brain. While he hands a curious child a brain spoon to taste, he believes that life is all about trying new things over and over again.


The end of the film differs significantly from the novel. In this, Lecter does not flee alone, but together with FBI agent Starling to South America, where the couple now live far from their own past. Verger also finds a different ending than in the book, because in the original it is his sister who shoves a moray eel that lives in the aquarium by his bed into his mouth, so that he is torn to pieces inside.

In July 1999 Thomas Harris published the third part of his Hannibal Lecter trilogy, the producers of the film were already in contact with Harris at this time. Despite numerous changes to the script, Jodie Foster and Jonathan Demme canceled as leading actress and director of the previous film The Silence of the Lambs . But on May 8, 2000 filming began in Florence with Ridley Scott as director, who had just finished Gladiator . Clarice Starling was played by Julianne Moore , who was able to prevail against Gillian Anderson , Cate Blanchett and Helen Hunt , among others .

Filming in Florence turned out to be difficult because in many places it is almost impossible to get filming permits because the city is visited by countless tourists in the summer and the streets are therefore always full of people. Less than a month after filming began, on June 6, 2000, the team flew to Washington and shot six days at Union Station. After seven weeks of filming followed in Richmond ( Virginia ), where the opening scene ( "Fish Market Massacre") was shot for which Moore before a firearms training at the FBI in Quantico had received near Richmond.

This was followed by filming on the estate of former US President James Madison in Montpelier (Virginia), where the wild boar scenes were filmed in a cattle shed, and filming on the Biltmore Estate , the largest private estate in North America in Asheville ( North Carolina ), which was to serve as Mason Verger's estate. Filming was completed on August 25, 2000.

The opera aria “Vide Cor Meum” featured in the film was composed especially for the soundtrack by the Irish harpist and film composer Patrick Cassidy (* 1956). The text basis of the aria is a sonnet from Dante Alighieri's " Vita Nova ". Because of the popularity of the aria with the audience, Cassidy temporarily considered composing a full opera around it. However, these plans have now fallen asleep again. The aria was also reused in the soundtrack to Ridley Scott's " Kingdom of Heaven ".


The film was set to music at FFS Film- & Fernseh-Synchron in Berlin . Michael Nowka wrote the dialogue book, Tobias Meister directed the dialogue.

role actor Voice actor
Dr. Hannibal Lecter Anthony Hopkins Joachim Kerzel
Clarice Starling Julianne Moore Petra Barthel
Mason Verger Gary Oldman Lutz Mackensy
Paul Krendler Ray Liotta Hans-Jürgen Wolf
Barney Matthews Frankie Faison Tilo Schmitz
Inspector Rinaldo Pazzi Giancarlo Giannini Jan Spitzer
Allegra Pazzi Francesca Neri Anke Reitzenstein
Dr. Cordell Doemling Željko Ivanek Eberhard Prüter
Evelda Drumgo Hazelle Goodman Martina Treger
FBI agent Pearsall David Andrews Bodo Wolf
Gnocco Enrico Lo Verso Torsten Michaelis
Perfume Expert Mark Margolis Klaus Jepsen



"Indulging in demonic images gives the film an elegant touch, which, broken up by carefully measured bloody effects, makes the viewer shudder and puts many stomachs to the test."

“Scott succeeded in creating a sovereign, routine thriller that is more impressive than the complexity of the plot. He doesn't achieve the quality of 'Silence of the Lambs', but probably nobody seriously expected that either. "

“The morbid story combines drastic effects and gloomy, emphatically artfully composed images to create an atmosphere of depressing horror that never succeeds in finding a convincing equivalent to the novel. Out of the ambivalent motifs of the excellently played figures, an all too precisely calculated external tension develops, which is not free from the speculative hint of the sought-after voyeuristic shudder. "

“Director Ridley Scott staged 'Hannibal' as a thriller that lives for long stretches solely from the grandiose scenery of the city of Florence, from the sensitive play of the leading actors and an almost palpable fear. Anthony Hopkins plays the role of his life. The world has never seen how he turns the educated curator into a bestial killer within seconds. It's also worth seeing how Ridley Scott uses the sequel to build something like a misty love story between the killer and the agent. "

In contrast, there is a harsh slap on Filmspiegel.de:

"Where the situation does not create tension, Scott compensates for the book with splatter, so that the viewer only has the culinary question of how 'Hannibal the Cannibal' carves his victim this time. And for the end Harris' imagination came up with a very sick crown. All that remains is plaintive, ridiculous or even stomach-turning disgust, miles away from psychological shudder. [...] Not much has remained of Lecter's boundless diabolical aura, rather his remembered figure is demonized here, as it were, because it reveals its secret. "

- filmspiegel.de

Other negative too:

“Technically, 'Hannibal' is as good as perfect. Scott stages with a sure hand and is supported by Zimmer and Scalia in the usual brilliant way. […] However, all of these masterly craftsmanship are only worth half if the plot fails to grab the audience. [...] The script fails to explain the changes in its characters. Too much remains in the dark, the resolution seems hasty and the right tension is missing. […] Thomas Harris did indeed manage to write a book that turned out to be so ineligible for film that even two extremely capable scriptwriters (who, by the way, also changed the ending) gritted their teeth on the revision. 'Hannibal' is a good film, but inevitably requires a comparison with its predecessor and unfortunately loses out here in every respect. "

- filmszene.de

“'The Silence of the Lambs' is a sophisticated, cunning psychological thriller about identities and the self, staged claustrophobically by Demme. 'Hannibal', on the other hand, is a simple horror shocker. Between culturally obsessive pomp, pompous adornment and decadent Renaissance demeanor, the fine spirit and gourmet can live out everything that was only hinted at before. [...] Ironically, the great visualist Ridley Scott [...] was unable to develop a cinematic vision here. Simple visual effects such as dark corners, blueish alienated video images and Scott's obligatory rain tend to stuff the dramaturgical idle rather than creating tension. [...] The erratic, bland staging and all sorts of illogics make 'Hannibal' crazy home cooking. [...] The best thing about 'Hannibal' is ultimately the poster, from which Hopkins looks so mockingly that one shudders. "

Gross profit

The film became a huge commercial hit, grossing $ 351 million worldwide on a budget of $ 87 million.


Hannibal received nominations for the Saturn Award in the categories of best horror film , best actor , best actress and best make-up , but only won the award for best make-up .

The film had three nominations at the MTV Movie Awards: Best Picture, Best Villain (Anthony Hopkins) and Best Kiss (Anthony Hopkins & Julianne Moore).

  • 2002: Fangoria Chainsaw Award - Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins)
  • 2001: Golden Schmoes Award - Second place Golden Schmoes Best Horror Film of the Year
  • 2001: Golden Trailer Award - nominated in the Best Horror / Thriller category
  • 2001: GoldSpirit Award - Best Horror Film Soundtrack (Hans Zimmer)
  • 2002: Hollywood Makeup Artist and Hair Stylist Guild Award - Nominated Greg Cannom and Wesley Wofford
  • 2001: Silver Ribbon Best Supporting Actor (Migliore Attore Non Protagonista) Giancarlo Giannini
  • Satellite Award - Nominated for the Golden Satellite Award for the best film music (Hans Zimmer)
  • 2001: World Soundtrack Awards 2001 - Nominated for the World Soundtrack Award (Hans Zimmer)
  • The German Film and Media Assessment (FBW) awarded the film the rating “valuable”.


Web links

Individual evidence

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