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Typically Thomas's avatar

Typically Thomas

The film takes a fair amount of creative liberty around the abuses Joseph Merrick faced after his admission to the hospital, but it doesn't matter. The core message is clear to all, and that's the most important thing
1 year 6 months ago
Siskoid's avatar


David Lynch's John Merrick biopic, The Elephant Man, is very much shot like Gothic horror films, in lush black and white, creating suspense until the "monster" is revealed, but of course, the sideshow freak who captured Victorian society's imagination was nothing of the sort. So if this is a monster tale, the monsters are those who seek to exploit him (and there's an interesting scene in which his doctor - played by Anthony Hopkins - examines his own soul and motives). Through his stylistic conceit, Lynch puts us in the mind of those revolted by deformity who habitually came to gawp at Merrick, and taps into the more tragic of Universal's monster films. It's hard to keep one's composure, empathy for the man under the monstrous body drawing moistness from one's eyes at various points in the film. This may be Lynch's most straightforward film, but that's why it's so emotionally affecting.
6 years 1 month ago
locovoco's avatar


A left arm that is fully formed and genitals intact....now, really-what more could a man ask for?

All joking aside, to use an apropos English saying...it was bloody brilliant!
8 years 5 months ago
stexdo's avatar


Lynch's bromance
8 years 10 months ago
thetallguyinthecorner's avatar


This movie has the distinction of being the only movie to ever make tears run down my face, and I found myself making choking animal noises. Wasn't prepared for that... A masterpiece.
9 years 5 months ago
KloVero's avatar


To those saying this is Lynch most accessible film ; I'm pretty sure you have not seen ''The straight story''.

Anyway, ''The Elephant Man'' is a wonderful film, a real piece of art and a very touching one that will haunts me for many days. After ''Eraserhead'', the expectation was really high for Lynch but his second film did not deceive.
9 years 7 months ago
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Camille Deadpan

Poem used by Joseph Merrick to end his letters, adapted from "False Greatness" by Isaac Watts:

'Tis true my form is something odd,
But blaming me is blaming God;
Could I create myself anew
I would not fail in pleasing you.

If I could reach from pole to pole
Or grasp the ocean with a span,
I would be measured by the soul;
The mind's the standard of the man.
10 years ago
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B. Fink

Favorite movie. Ever.
10 years 8 months ago
arrbrr's avatar


Touching! Bloody brilliant!
11 years 1 month ago
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Joker of Gotham

This movie donĀ“t made me cry. Great story I can't believe this is a biography movie
11 years 2 months ago
TheMrNickolas's avatar


A very moving film, one of the most moving films I have ever seen. Showing that above all else kindness was all that mattered, above Joseph Merrick's early lack of intelligence and his deformities, kindness made him a better human than anyone else.
What a beautiful message to portray in a film.
11 years 3 months ago
Annabanna's avatar


This was The most emotional film experiences i've ever had and also one of the best ones.
11 years 10 months ago
dirte_lawndre's avatar


One of the most emotionally heaviest movies I have ever seen, quite an experience.
12 years ago
Brantastic16's avatar


Wow. One of the most emotional film experiences I've ever had.
12 years 1 month ago
Olli's avatar


now i hate humanity even more
12 years 7 months ago

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