Clarice Starling: Your profile at the border stations has five features. I’ll trade you…
Hannibal Lecter: “Trade”?
Clarice Starling: Stop now and I’ll tell you what they are.
Hannibal Lecter: How does that word taste to you, Clarice? Hmm? Cheap and metallic, like sucking on a greasy coin?
— Hannibal (2001), screenplay by David Mamet and Steve Zallian, novel by Thomas Harris
The Daily Dialogue theme for the week is dinner scene, suggested by Turambar. Today’s suggestion by Dean Scott.
Trivia: After Thomas Harris finished writing the novel, he sent copies to The Silence of the Lambs principals Jonathan Demme, Jodie Foster, Ted Tally, and Anthony Hopkins for approval. The screenplay was rewritten no less than 15 times because of dissatisfaction by Demme and Foster over new character elements. In the end, neither Demme nor Foster remained with the production.
Dialogue On Dialogue: Many people were disturbed by the romantic relationship that developed between Clarice and Lecter, but the roots of it are there in The Silence of the Lambs, Lecter’s interest in and affection for Clarice quite clear, while Clarice’s feelings for Lecter growing based upon his persuasive powers combined with helping her overcome her psychological issues. We see some of the latter in this scene.