The Hunt for Dr. Lecter - Virtual Class

Slice into the world of Hannibal Lecter beginning with his gothic literary origins, his basis in American crime journalism, and, ultimately, his the brilliant portrayals in film and television. Taught by John Trafton.

Hunt for Dr. Lecter

February 9, 2021


Jonathan Demme’s The Silence of the Lambs was released 30 years ago (on Valentine's Day 1991), making Anthony Hopkins’ portrayal of cannibalistic psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter one of the most iconic screen performances of all time. The Silence of the Lambs, however, was not the first film to feature this character, nor would it be the last. The recent television series  "Hannibal"  (NBC, 201–2015)—with Danish actor and former Bond villain Mads Mikkelsen in the title role—propelled Thomas Harris’ novels to new and exciting territory, generating a diverse and dedicated cult following of “fannibals.” This class will dive into the world of Harris’ novels, first exploring their origins in gothic literature and American crime journalism and then looking at their adaptations into film and television.

Zoom meeting details will be emailed to ticket purchasers shortly before the scheduled event.



Tuesday, February 9, 2021
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Presented via Zoom Webinar
$25 Sustainer | $15 Regular | $10 Reduced / SIFF Member
Registration fees offered at a sliding scale; proceeds support both the instructor and SIFF Education programming.

A familiarity with the various incarnations of the character of Hannibal Lecter is preferable. There is potential for spoilers from the various stories across the class presentation and any questions/comments.


John Trafton is a Lecturer in Film Studies at Seattle University and the author of "The American Civil War and The Hollywood War Film." Visit his website.