“Recovering the Mindset” by Matthew Morettini, is a beautifully eerie and wonderfully seamless mashup that uses a singular scene between the characters Will Graham and Dr. Hannibal Lecter from three different interpretations of the now-classic Thomas Harris novel “Red Dragon” – the film Manhunter by Michael Mann, the film Red Dragon by Brett Ratner, and the television series Hannibal by Bryan Fuller – demonstrating how different each version of the characters are, even though the words they speak are the same.
I’ve focussed on the scene where FBI profiler Will Graham visits the cannibal psychiatrist Hannibal Lecter ostensibly to ask for advice on a serial murder case but really to “recover the mindset” of a killer so he can catch this new one. Most of the dialogue from the three adaptations come directly from the source novel so it was possible to seamlessly recreate the scene using the three productions. I think it is a very interesting way to compare and contrast the different methods used by the filmmakers. Also, other than filmed works of Shakespeare, I can’t think of another pop culture creation that has been interpreted so faithfully three separate times