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The Director's Chair => David Lynch => Topic started by: Gamblour. on August 14, 2003, 11:33:45 PM

Title: Elephant Man
Post by: Gamblour. on August 14, 2003, 11:33:45 PM
I'm surprised no one's posted a topic for this movie, specifically. This is my favorite Lynch movie. I was just too blown away by how sensitive Lynch's directing was, how he was able to get to the depths of this poor guy who couldn't be treated like everyone else. I would go as far as to call this a beautiful film, and I don't normally refer to them as such, it gets too carried away with some people. Also, the use of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings years before it became "that song in Platoon" was unbelievable. I know some people don't like it as a Lynch movie, I guess because it's grounded in reality and not entirely fucked up, but hey, he made it, it's outstanding, it's a great Lynch film.
Title: Elephant Man
Post by: MacGuffin on August 15, 2003, 02:22:56 PM
This is a beautiful film, from the cinematography, to the writing, to the direction. They all go hand-in-hand and show us to look past the exterior of a person, and, yet, make the story personal enough so you know exactly what John Merrick feels and is going through, meaning that we all feel 'ugly' and 'misunderstood' at times.

Thank God Mel Brooks saw something in Lynch after seeing "Eraserhead".
Title: Elephant Man
Post by: Cecil on August 16, 2003, 12:41:25 AM
good move on going b&w
Title: Elephant Man
Post by: Fernando on August 16, 2003, 01:56:37 PM
Quote from: MacGuffin
This is a beautiful film, from the cinematography, to the writing, to the direction. They all go hand-in-hand and show us to look past the exterior of a person, and,


It surprised me that even it was made early in his carreer, the film carries some Lynch trademarks, his directing style hasn't change that much which tells me that from the very begining he knew exactly what he wanted visually, and yes the cinematography, directing, etc. is flawless.

Quote from: MacGuffin
yet, make the story personal enough so you know exactly what John Merrick feels and is going through, meaning that we all feel 'ugly' and 'misunderstood' at times.


I kind of agree here because Lynch made a great portrait of what might be the life of Merrick, but ultimately I don't think we could ever imagine what he went through, is like the conversation Dr. Treves has with the director of the hospital after he talks and sees for the first time John, the director asks Dr. Treves if somebody is capable of imagining what JM has been through, Dr. Treves claims he could, and the director categorically says that nobody ever could. And that's exactly my feeling, it is impossible to put ourselves in those shoes and really understand the kind of life he had.

Quote from: MacGuffin
Thank God Mel Brooks saw something in Lynch after seeing "Eraserhead".


Right, and it was very clever of him to left his name off the credits so the audience wouldn't be mislead about the kind of film they could expect, had his name remained in it.
Title: Elephant Man
Post by: Gamblour. on August 17, 2003, 06:14:55 PM
Quote from: Cecil B. Demented
good move on going b&w


On the DVD, they said the black and white was mainly used so that the makeup would be more believable, the absence of color helped make it realistic, so people wouldn't be worried about flesh tones, they would just take this horrific distortion at face value. It also helps set the period, definitely the mood, and let's the performances come through more. I think Orson Welles said you'll find the best performances in black and white.
Title: Elephant Man
Post by: Ghostboy on August 17, 2003, 06:55:59 PM
Quote from: Gamblor
they would just take this horrific distortion at face value.


At face value? What a marvelous bit of punnery!

I need to see this movie again. I loved it when I saw it first, but that was at least five years ago. The thing that sticks out in my mind the most is the carnival freaks coming to Merrick's aid.
Title: Elephant Man
Post by: Gamblour. on August 17, 2003, 11:58:18 PM
Quote from: Ghostboy
Quote from: Gamblor
they would just take this horrific distortion at face value.


At face value? What a marvelous bit of punnery!

I need to see this movie again. I loved it when I saw it first, but that was at least five years ago. The thing that sticks out in my mind the most is the carnival freaks coming to Merrick's aid.


*Obvious spoilers*


Oddly, that pun was unintentional. Anyhow, the scene that had my in tears, practically, is the final one, as he slowly climbs into bed, and puts his head down, all done with Samuel Barber's piece in the background...oh fuck, that is so sad. Just thinking of the sound of his voice is heartbreaking. Damn, I'm gonna buy this movie next.
Title: Elephant Man
Post by: modage on October 09, 2003, 10:53:30 AM
just saw this for the first time yesterday.  wow.  real different for lynch.  very sad.  really liked that score at the end there, too.  (i knew it seemed familiar!)  i didnt realize that was based on a true  story till the end, although i was aware there were cases like this, i didnt know this was telling a real story.  god it was horrible when they were coming into his room and then he got kidnapped.  so beyond terrible.  great cinematography, great performances.  good movie.
Title: Elephant Man
Post by: jonas on October 30, 2003, 03:20:54 PM
Great film.

Makes me cry like a little baby every time.  :cry:
Title: Elephant Man
Post by: NEON MERCURY on October 30, 2003, 10:25:54 PM
..for som ereason this is his most disturbing film for me to watch..it's alot to take.
and for a pG or G rated film that says alot for his imagry and talent.....
Title: Re: Elephant Man
Post by: tpfkabi on May 14, 2006, 12:49:08 AM
i haven't seen this, but i just picked the dvd up for 4.88 at wal-mart.
this edition: http://allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=16:V||||15593

thought someone else may want to know.
Title: Re: Elephant Man
Post by: MacGuffin on June 27, 2009, 02:39:41 PM
UK Release of Elephant Man on Blu-ray
On September 28th, 2009, Optimum Home Entertainment will be releasing the Elephant Man on Blu-ray in the UK. Check out the box artwork below:


(http://www.dugpa.com/images/2009/elephantblu.jpg)
Title: Re: Elephant Man
Post by: tpfkabi on June 29, 2009, 07:45:47 AM
i thought there was going to be some kind of MJ tie in.
Title: Re: Elephant Man
Post by: SiliasRuby on June 29, 2009, 09:40:13 AM
too soon.
Title: Re: Elephant Man
Post by: tpfkabi on June 29, 2009, 11:28:42 AM
that would be crazy if they upped the release date or made the announcement hoping they'd get extra hits from MJ info lookers.