Hannibal S01E05 (Coquilles)

Bella Crawford (Gina Torres) is a very elegant woman, so no wonder she wears an “exquisite” and exclusive perfume. Dr. Lecter’s description is a clear reference to its name: it’s “similar to the aroma on the air just after lightning strikes,” an elaborate nod to JAR Bolt of Lightning. Created by Joel Arthur Rosenthal and launched in 2001, it features tuberose and green notes. JAR perfumes are … Continue reading Hannibal S01E05 (Coquilles)

Hannibal S01E10 (Buffet Froid)

Will Graham’s (induced) hallucinations and seizures are caused by encephalitis: this results from a brain scan he’s undergoing, but Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) already knows it. He explains Dr. Sutcliffe (John Benjamin Hickey) he “could smell it”. Dr. Sutcliffe is a former colleague of Hannibal’s and remembers he was able to call out a nurse’s perfume, but he couldn’t imagine now he can diagnose an … Continue reading Hannibal S01E10 (Buffet Froid)

Hannibal S03E09 (And the Woman Clothed with the Sun…)

This conversation between Hannibal Lecter (Mads Mikkelsen) and Will Graham (Hugh Dancy) focuses on the sense of smell. They actually had similar conversations in the first and in the second seasons: the topic is always Will’s “atrocious after-shave”, “something with a ship on the bottle”, that is Old Spice. This time there’s something different, though: Hannibal doesn’t know what has happened in Will’s life after their … Continue reading Hannibal S03E09 (And the Woman Clothed with the Sun…)

Hannibal S01E05 (Coquilles)

Dr. Hannibal Lecter has a talent for identifying what perfumes people wear. The jailed version of the character in Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs detects Evyan White Shoulders body lotion and Nina Ricci L’air du temps on Clarice Starling, while his bon vivant version (Mads Mikkelsen) in the tv show by Bryan Fuller smells “something with a ship on the bottle” on Will Graham (Hugh … Continue reading Hannibal S01E05 (Coquilles)

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

This is one of the most famous scenes from the Jonathan Demme film – the first time in which Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) and Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) meet. His reaction to her presence is eerie: there’s a thick perspex surface separating the two characters, but he is able to detect, through the holes in the perspex, what she smells like. He smells “Evyan skin cream”; … Continue reading The Silence of the Lambs (1991)