Movie Recommendation: The Elephant Man (1980)

Quote from The Elephant Man by Joseph Merrick: “People are frightened by what they don’t understand.”

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Producers: Stuart Cornfield, Jonathan Sanger, and Mel Brooks (uncredited)

Director: David Lynch

Writers: Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, David Lynch, Frederick Treves (book), and Ashley Montagu (part of the book “The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity”)

Cast: John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielud, Wendy Hiller, Freddie Jones, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon, Helen Ryan, John Standing, Dexter Fletcher, Lesley Dunlop, Phoebe Nicholls, etc.

Rating: PG for thematic material, some disturbing images, and brief language

Running Time: 2 hours and 4 minutes

The Elephant Man is the drama based on the life of Joseph Merrick.  It was Mel Brooks who suggested David Lynch direct this incredible story.  While the script has some embellishments of Joseph Merrick’s life, especially the dark parts (read severe abuse), it goes without saying the story is compelling.  The movie also involves a doctor, Frederick Treves, who initially sees Merrick as a medical specimen to inspect and poke with his instruments.  He soon begins to see him as a human being with feelings and intellect that serves Merrick well.  He is then able to stay at the hospital Treves works.  While staying here, he feels more comfortable with his appearance and loses his fear of meeting others including women.  It is not only Merrick who benefits from this continued arrangement.  Treves is able to present Merrick’s case to the Pathological Society to enhance his reputation, eventually showing Merrick himself to the other doctors.  While the reasons for his body abnormality is faulty by today’s standards, the elephant connection is not hard to believe for that time period.  Current research concludes Merrick most likely suffered from a combination of Neurofibromatosis type I and Proteus syndrome.  I’m recommending this movie because its whole production is one of the best.  John Hurt’s portrayal of Merrick led to the widely recognized Academy Award category of Best Make-Up of today, as Hurt said to his wife during filming, “I think they finally managed to make me hate acting.”  So yes, when an actor says this, you know it’s probably great, and it is in all respects.

The Elephant Man gets a rating of 100%

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Keeping My Blog in Perspective

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I’ve been trying to keep up with everything, blog and other hobbies/interests, and all the while doing my best to find balance in other areas of my life. I realized I haven’t been putting in the time I should take to read other people’s blogs, so I devoted some time today.  It wasn’t much, but some is better than none.  I wonder how many others have such a hard time fitting all they want to do into each week.  I wonder how many others have as varied interests as I do.  I wonder how many of them try to make each one as if they were the most important thing in their life.  I wonder if I’d be better letting some of these interests become unimportant to me. 

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I can’t believe April is halfway done. Time keeps slipping away or it seems like it.  As I read other people’s blogs about various topics, I thought about my Jewish friends, the dark side of myself, my own rewrite, how circumstances and events shape who you are especially death, wealthy people who don’t have to work so hard to feed themselves, a broken U.S. government, causes that makes me feel alive, topics that energize me, the differences among people, things that stimulate my brain, my love of history and facts, and ridiculous things like gumballs the size of your head and five pound gummy bears.

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It’s not that I don’t want consistency because I’d rather have it than not.  I’ve read that you should focus on one or two things for your blog, and maybe that is where I erred.  I have a lot of interests, and realize that some posts are more popular than others with the few followers I have.  It’s just that I do what feels right to me, putting more emphasis on certain things than others.  I’m still learning about my passions, tolerances, and limits as a blogger.  There’s many different ways to blog, and listing some of them in several places feels right to me.  I might change it later down the road to streamline it better, but I personally like viewing similar items in one place.  So yes, maybe I need to be a little less concerned how others might perceive my blog format and what I write because this is me in all my blogging madness. 

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Trifecta #14

IMAGE OF THE WEEK

Other places where my family lives has rain and snow right now while where I live continues to go from moderately warm to hot.

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WORD OF THE WEEK

A very common used word in the English language and top 10% of the words used in the English language.

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VIDEO OF THE WEEK

These insects aren’t that bizarre, but good thing I don’t see them on a daily basis or on any basis.

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