Favourite Film Friday – #5 The Elephant Man

Every Friday I choose one of my favourite movies for a brief overview.

#5 The Elephant Man

  • Genre: biopic / drama
  • Director: David Lynch
  • Release: 1980
  • Starring: John Hurt and Anthony Hopkins
  • Tagline: I am not an animal! I am a human being! I…am…a man! 
  • Instant favourite: Yes!
  • Favourite character: Well……..
  • What do I love most about it? It’s a great story, very well acted and though it’s terribly, terribly sad there are moments of such kindness. Joseph Merrick is one of my favourite historical people as well.
  • Top 10, 50 or 100? Top 10
  • Own? Yes, on DVD
  • Poorest bit? Well it’s super sad (sob!) and of course some of the ‘biographical’ story has been embellished for screen (but not that much).

“My life is full because I know I am loved” – John Merrick

IMDB page here

If you can cope with the tears The Elephant Man is a wonderful movie and my personal favourite of ALL of David Lynch’s films. I’m a big believer in kindness and treating all people in the same way – this film demonstrates why we should. Amazing performances, incredible story and it’s clever that it was made in black and white, to really give the feel of the nineteenth century.

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15 Responses to Favourite Film Friday – #5 The Elephant Man

  1. Umm. Okay. That’s weird. My sad face works. Does this say something about my life?


  2. …And while this totally is not important given the context of this thread, WHY AREN’T MY SMILEY FACES WORKING???? Sniffle 😦


  3. This was a beautifully made movie. And Joseph Merrick is one of my favorite historical figures also. It’s so difficult to imagine what he went through but David Lynch was able to capture it all. And of course Sir Anthony and John Hurt were perfect :):):)


  4. CMrok93 says:

    It’s a very heartfelt film that you wouldn’t expect to get from Lynch, but somehow, feels totally deserving. Good review.


    • emmakwall says:

      That is SO true! You wouldn’t imagine Lynch to make this movie really.

      Thanks so much! Thank you it means a lot.

      I’m following you back 🙂 nice to meet you!


  5. guyportman says:

    David Lynch is a great director. I might watch The Elephant Man. Merrick evidently had a pretty difficult life. It can’t have been much fun being an exhibit.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. theipc says:

    You know what? I’ve never seen this….

    Liked by 1 person

  7. newguy87 says:

    Nice Choice 🙂 (sadly i haven’t seen it but it is one the want to one day)

    Liked by 1 person

    • emmakwall says:

      You have to be in the mood for it. It’s very sad. Maybe even sadder than Grave of the Fireflies!!

      But it IS really good.

      thank you by the way, thanks for reading and commenting 🙂


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