Friday, 22 October 2010

The elephant man

The elephant man By Aidan Codd.

The film was very ironic  with a rhetorical ending almost foreseen. For example you have the doctor who visits a carnival and walks into the freak show part of it, as he goes in he ends up seeing this disfigured man who is called the elephant man. When he meets him he asks to give him a check up and says to the ring leader I will pay for him to go and bring him back. So he does the check up and then presents him to the board of science and says he’s not well so I will take him to the hospital and helps him. The doctor ends up getting a name for himself and so does the elephant man and it plays with this ironic twist that the Doctor has became the ring leader only he is not charging people to see the elephant man. So the Doctor asks himself ( am I a good man or am I a bad man?) realising even though he has giving the elephant man a new home and helped him out from the circus  it is almost turned around and ended up being the reminder of the fact that the elephant man is not normal and is constantly  getting reminded. so he kills himself happily knowing he’s had a good life in the way of he’s been saved, but in a sad way that he’s never going to fit in with every one for who he is. These are some reviews I found.

 Trapped for years as part of a travelling freak show, Merrick is beaten and deprived of any help that might alleviate his pain. Discovered by Dr Frederick Treves (Hopkins), he is able to get Merrick out of his never-ending life of misery by admitting him into hospital. Merrick is a major find for Treves, although at first he does not realise just how important he really is. "The man's an idiot," he declares, before adding, "I pray to God he's an idiot."
The truth is rather different, and after the initial revulsion of those around him has subsided, Merrick begins to communicate. Within time, it's all too clear that he's intelligent, sensitive, and above all only too aware of the tortuous life of humiliation that he has had to endure. Sadly, trouble looms for Merrick as his former master returns, determined to snatch him back from his only chance of happiness.
Buried under an incredible mass of make-up, John Hurt still manages to invest his portrayal of Merrick with dignity and courage. His moving performance contrasts with the Victorian world of industrial horror that director David Lynch tries to crush him with. The result is a glimpse into a nightmare from which a beacon of humanity clearly shines out, despite his hideous disfigurement.
A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

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