Hannibal Lecter, Clarice Starling and Lee Miller

Hannibal is the last person you want close enough to smell you, yet ironically he would be an excellent perfume shopping buddy. In the films, TV series and novels, there are multiple scenes where Lecter identifies someone’s fragrance in seconds. In the 1986 film Manhunter (adapted from the first novel, Red Dragon), he whiffs Old […]

Scent of seduction in The Phantom Thread: sandalwood, rose water, sherry and lemon juice

An early scene in Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Phantom Thread uses scent to communicate the motivations of a weird trio of characters. Daniel Day Lewis is Reynolds Woodcock, an uptight, obsessive, upper class dressmaker. He has brought young waitress, Alma (Vicky Krieps) back to his country cottage after a romantic dinner, and is getting busy […]

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