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  Comments about: Hannibal (Hans Zimmer)
 • Posted by: Gene <Send E-Mail>
• Date: Sunday, March 4, 2001, at 10:27 a.m.
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• In Response to: Dante's La Vita Nuova - Vide cor meum (bradeast)

  Vide Cor Meum/Dante's "Vita Nuova"

Well, This is involved but please stay with me...
We've all had this love affair with "Vide Cor Meum," written by Patrick Cassidy/Libretto from Dante's "La Vita Nuova"/... Certainly extremely beautiful music. And where is this entire opera and more music from it?
I have an opinion I'd like to share. I like Hannibal. -Not his cannibalistic or sociopathic nature, but we got a glimpse into the man this time. And the opera scene and following conversation with Detective Pazzi's wife did it for me.
As they exchanged verses about "The Eaten Heart," (I believe it was from Dante's "Vita Nuova" -I finally get to use and appreciate something from school! -LOL!) I saw passion inside Hannibal. The dream Dante has in the story, in which an angel holds his thought to be "deceased" Beatrice, is interpreted like any other dream. He doesn't actually "eat" her heart. It has to do with his love for her and how he might deal with her death should she actually die.

It's very involved, I know, but I thought the music, the following dialogue, and where it came from, were so perfectly placed together, and it may very well be the single most beautiful thing I've ever seen. Nevermind the link between the cannibalism and "The Eaten Heart." -It's much much deeper than that. I hope you can see it too.

I think Hannibal and Clarice share more than the cliche' "I respect you but I'll get you anyway" thing. (like Deniro and Pacino in "Heat") If you notice, Hannibal would never hurt Clarice. Only those he percieves as beneath him or crooked types. He despises them but he definitely loves Clarice. Sorry, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Thx for letting me share. Best regards to everyone. --Gene

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