The establishing shot of Hannibal behind the curtain reveals that he will be the main focus of the sequence. The scene was shot from a 3rd person point of view perspective, which makes it seem like there is a 3rd person it inside the jail cell with him. This kind of perspective allows the audience to anticipate what is to come further along scene. 2. The score creates an almost melancholy mood, letting the audience know that something ominous would happen with the police officers and Hannibal.
It switches from a cheerful sound for most of the sequence to a dramatic interlude when Hannibal starts to attack the police officers. This switch of music, following along with low angle camera till and the sounds of the baton swishing as Hannibal hits the guard makes the scene even more dramatic and suspenseful. 3. The switch In perspective when Hannibal Lectern starts to attack the police officers comments on the lack of authority the police have In this situation.
The audience get a series of close- up shots of the police guards securing their weapons and attempting to communicate with Hannibal in a orderly fashion, but yet Lectern is the one to have the upper hand. Lectern’s control over the police essentially dictates that there is a direct correlation between Lectern knows that he will be able to get out of the confinement that he is put in and that he is intelligent enough to devise a plan using violent means. Step 3: Silence of the Lambs makes great use of calm and Intense action scenes to dictate to the audience which character is the main focus in the scene.
Fitting along with the melancholy score, the audience is easily directed toward the disturbed mindset of Hannibal Lectern, letting us know that he possesses the power rather than the police officers. This score also changes with the action from being a sweet melody to an intense and dramatic composition right as Hannibal reveals his plans and begins attacking. This mirrors the contrast between the seemingly friendly nature of the guards and the evil nature of Hannibal. Step 4: Although Hannibal Is seen as the antagonist In this story, he contrasts that role In this sequence by essentially taking charge of the entire situation.
When the camera vales him behind the curtain, his demeanor and way of delivering his dialogue immediately tells the audience that Hannibal is the main focus. At some point in the ten camera’s plant AT blew saltines Trot outside ten Jail cell to Inside ten sequence, jail cell with Hannibal; along with this, the music also changes from sweet and melodious to dramatic and enraging. This reveals to the audience that the police guard’s authority may not be that valid, and that the audience has the choice to either identify with Lectern and his actions, or sympathize with the guards for being the victims.
In this sequence, the camera show Hannibal flaunting his intelligence by allowing the audience to witness the steps of his plan through frequent close up shots of his face, hands, and the guards. The way the camera presents Hannibal and the police guards in a third person point of view shows how the dynamic of power stands. However, the camera seems to make this decision for the audience by the end of the sequence when there is a low angle tilt shot of Hannibal slashing at the guard. The audience is in the same angle as the guard, and have no way of defending themselves; giving all the power to Hannibal to kill.