The Elephant Man (1980)
I am not an elephant! I am not an animal! I am a human being! I am a man!— John Merrick
I wanted to see The Elephant Man for a long time, but I haven’t had the chance until yesterday. This movie is currently number 86 on the Top 250 films of all time on IMDB.
Nominated for eight Oscars in 1980, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor. It was deserved.
The story takes place in late eighteenth century England. It opens with Dr. Fredrick Theves (Anthony Hopkins) visiting a local freak show where he is intrigued by a hideously deformed man called “The Elephant Man.”
One afternoon, when his trainer, Mr. Bytes (Freddie Jones) beats him with his stick and is placed in the hospital where Theves works to recover.
Over the next couple of months, Theves learns that “The Elephant Man’s” name is John Merrick (John Hurt). Some of Victorian society was so afraid of Merrick that they would scream after seeing his appearance, except for Theves, his wife and Mrs. Kendal (Anne Banecroft), the West End actress that has a wonderful scene with Merrick reciting “Romeo and Juliet”.
This is the first time seeing a David Lynch movie all the way. It was not incomprehensible. I thought that it was going to make a Frankenstein out of the books and make it all weird. It was not. It was very intimate, touching movie.
My judgment: You should see this film. John Hurt’s performance was fantastic.
My rating: ****
Posted on February 6, 2009, in 1980, Academy Award Nominee, Crime, Drama, Inspirational, Top 250 of All Time in IMDB and tagged Anne Bancroft, Anthony Hopkins, David Lynch, John Gielgud, John Hurt, The Elephant Man. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.