The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

DVD - 2020
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When the London surgeon Frederick Treves meets the freak-show performer John Merrick, who has severe skeletal and soft tissue deformities, he assumes that he must be intellectually disabled as well. As the two men spend more time together, though, Merrick reveals the intelligence, gentle nature, and profound sense of dignity that lie beneath his shocking appearance, and he and Treves develop a friendship.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2020.
Edition: Widescreen ed.
ISBN: 9781681437675
Branch Call Number: ON ORDER
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (ca. 123 min.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.


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Mar 01, 2019

Excellent movie, a good story with a nice ending.

Dec 27, 2018

Through love, true beauty reveals. "The Elephant Man", in my humble opinion, a must-see for all.

Dec 12, 2017

This exceeded my expectations. David Lynch managed to make an emotional blockbuster drama while retaining the art-house style that worked so well for him in Eraserhead. The Elephant Man is alternately bizarre, tragic, and life-affirming. A definite classic.

Nov 16, 2017

Possibly the most "mainstream" movie made by David Lynch. Its no coincidence that it's his first "non-experimental" film. Still, he manages to include some of his trademarks. Like the dingy, surreal, mechanically inhuman industrial wasteland that was London at the time which, along with the B&W shots, creates the mood one often sees in his previous effort, "Eraserhead". The movie also includes an occasional "flashback" where elephants are superim posed over surreal images. Is this to explain the "origin" of the Elephant Man? Is the Elephant Man really just a metaphor? Lynch needs to explain that to me, but of course, he never explains his works. The rest of the film, however, is quite endearing. Hopkins, Hurt and Bancroft deliver remarkable performances. Its little wonder that Lynch was chosen by di Laurentis to go on and direct "Dune", which he did fight and lose artistic control of.

Nov 10, 2017

The Elephant Man is a film of incredible passion and power. David Lynch's film is shot in black and white which gives a Victorian feel to the era depicted, but also gives a startling chiaroscuro visual to many scenes.
Much of the information about the life of Mr. Merrick was obtained from accounts written by Dr. Treves, who became so celebrated that he was chosen to be Royal Physician, so it is perhaps not surprising that Treves comes off well in this film. The central performances are by John Hurt as Merrick and Anthony Hopkins as Treves, and they are both absolutely stunning. I have viewed the film a half-dozen times, and there are moments that I am moved every single time.

Jun 12, 2017

I said it before and I stand behind it now: JOHN HURT WAS ROBBED!

Viewing this extremely underrated, and under-appreciated wonderful piece of modern cinema When I was a child made me think of people
in a whole new realm. Therefore, watching this with my extraordinary wife some mid-twenty years later in life was a real gem for her eyes embraced into the perverse
behaviours and gritty , almost film noir like English Victorian 19th century culture and visuals. Enough said about her expression!. As for my rating on the film an absolute five stars, There are several memorable scenes and the film was merely nominated for 8 blazing academy awards, but did not win or get selected for Not Even 1. That is sad all albeit. The preparation for this film to be made took about one year getting John hurt's facial make-up and prosthetics done just right as all the creators involved in this film including the least of them being the director David Lynch sure I'm A Huge Fan of his work but I would think the cinematographer and make- up artist and all of the cast collaborated equally well with one another as did Lynch. One more point or objective I would not recommend this movie to kids although the library system rates the film PG maybe at 15 they would think but then again I would say as you grow older you understand the human condition a lot more than a teen would, even some grown adults still don't get it!!! That's disappointing. Finally my ending speaks a little irony , but total truth Did YOOOOOOOUUU know that Master comedy legend and film director and actor Mel Brooks was the overseeing Executive Producer behind 'The Elephant Man' Directed by David Lynch in 1980 Deeply affecting piece of work Thanks

Feb 07, 2015

very sad, a tear jerker

Dec 16, 2014

great movie.
As John Hurt said "if you aren't touched by this movie, you're not the kind of person I'd want to know"

aaa5756 Jul 06, 2013

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year. Not too bad---good performance. I fast forwarded a lot but not all the way.

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Jun 24, 2012

Carr Gomm: "Can you IMAGINE the kind of life he must have had?" Dr. Frederick Treves: "Yes... I think I can..." Carr Gomm: "I don't believe so... No one could POSSIBLY imagine it - I don't believe any of us can!"

Jun 24, 2012

John Merrick: "My life is full because I know I am loved."

Jun 24, 2012

John Merrick: "People are frightened by what they don't understand."

Jun 24, 2012

John Merrick: " I AM NOT AN ANIMAL! I AM A HUMAN BEING! I... AM... A MAN!"

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