He lies down on his back in bed, imitating a sleeping child in a picture on his wall, and dies in his sleep. And those jabs only get more and more painful. These are, for the most part, fairly intimidating sidenotes. Merrick manages to escape from Bytes with the help of his fellow freakshow attractions.
Are we bad people for being intrigued or are we good people for pitying? The scenes dissolve into one another; there is no brisk editing.
Yet no matter how hard it gets, and how much better it then turns, there is always the threat of another jab. We must watch Merrick beaten, abused, harassed, humiliated, and tormented.
Technically, The Elephant Man is a beautifully shot film. It is a film about where our empathy stems from, a film that asks you to feel sorry but rebukes you for your blind pity. Merrick is chased, unmasked, and cornered by an angry mob. It asks you to respect Merrick, not cry for him.
Bytes, an alcoholic and sadistic showman. Upon returning to London, he is harassed through Liverpool Street station by several young boys and accidentally knocks down a young girl.
Merrick begins to take guests in his rooms, including the actress Madge Kendalwho introduces him to the work of Shakespeare. More specifically, we develop alongside Frederick Treeves, played with an astounding sublimity of emotion by Anthony Hopkins. Treves presents Merrick to his colleagues and highlights his monstrous skull, which forces him to sleep with his head on his knees, since if he were to lie down, he would asphyxiate.
The one digression from this form are the distinctly Lynchian surrealities-pseudo-dream-sequences of commendably original imagery that break up the film and serve as distinct mood-setters for the audience. We are led through our morbid curiosity at the same rate the characters in the film are.
Mothershead expresses concerns that he is still being put on display as a freak. Every moment is heartbreaking. We develop alongside them.
Certainly there is a mix of intrigue and pity with every character who first meets John, and we are not excluded. It asks you to hate humanity but to love the humane. Policemen return Merrick to the hospital and Treves.
Treves confronts Jim about what he has done, and Mothershead fires him. John is tended to by Mrs. Treves brings him back to the hospital.
I am not an animal! A proud Merrick receives a standing ovation from the audience. The Elephant Man is a film that treks you through despair and asks for your hope in the end.
Merrick tells the doctors that he knows how to read, and has memorized the 23rd Psalm because it is his favourite. Carr-Gomm sees through this ruse, but as he is leaving, Merrick begins to recite the 23rd Psalmand continues past the part of the Psalm that Treves taught him.
Back at the hospital, Merrick thanks Treves for all he has done, and completes his church model. Mothershead, the formidable matron, as the other nurses are too frightened of him. I am a human being! The lighting is kept low-key during dark scenes, balanced during daytime scenes-this is standard film-making of the era.
The Elephant Man is a perfect film. Meanwhile, a night porter named Jim starts selling tickets to locals, who come at night to gawk at the "Elephant Man. But Lynch has never been a director to flinch at unsettling prospects. One might even be tempted to make fun of the character.
Bytes leaves England and takes Merrick on the road as a circus attraction once again. He cries, "I am not an elephant!
His head is kept hooded, and his "owner," who views him as intellectually disabledis paid by Treves to bring him to the hospital for examination. Lynch does not allow his audience to glimpse Merrick sans mask until his appearance has been built up substantially.The Elephant Man is a film that treks you through despair and asks for your hope in the end.
It asks you to hate humanity but to love the humane. It asks you to look at a man who appears sad and know that inside, he's okay. Oct 10, · Closing disclaimer: This has been based upon the true life story of John Merrick, known as The Elephant Man, and not upon the Broadway play of the same title or any other fictional account.
See more»/10(K). David Lynch, who previously directed the surrealistic psychological horror film Eraserhead, crafts something unique with The Elephant Man, and he goes deep into the cruelty of humanity and also 90%. John Hurt in The Elephant Man (StudioCanal Films/Alamy) A black-and-white film brought its director to Hollywood’s attention in Released inDavid Lynch’s The Elephant Man is the.
Jan 01, · The film of The Elephant Man is not based on the successful stage play of the same name, but they both draw their sources from the life of John Merrick, the original "elephant man," whose rare disease imprisoned him in a cruelly misformed body.
Both the play and the movie adopt essentially the same 2/5. As strange and modern as Lynch's vision is, The Elephant Man looks back to cinema's beginnings, with its images of locomotives and cinematic tricks that recall Georges Méliès. Full Review Kyle.Download