Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Elephant Man!

So....it bit belated as it may, nevertheless have got a review of how I perceieved this peice....

This maybe one of David Lynch's more toned down productions, but he still carries his own stylistic tendencies into his work, for example, the begining sequence which portrays a very dreamlike sequence, simmilar to a surrelistic approach, it creates a weird sense of suspense and confusion at first, but as the film moves on, the same series of images occur throughout, making more sense as there is a backstory to the montage...

Along with this, Lynch uses a very dark, greyscale film tone, to re-inact the old-styled way of producing a film, typical of the 1920-1950's 'Golden Age' period, although it seems very strange, and obvious that it was produced ina more developed era of film, due to the crisp quality of the detail of the film. He uses very creative (short) cuts, to help create a clear, and definative outline of the new sequence, and/or new layout of a scene, which I found quite effective, and reminscent of that time period, comparable to Albert Lewin's 'The Picture Of Dorain Gray' for example, when he used very dark, over casting shadows, and stills to represent environments, such as the pub in the fields.
So basically, in a nutshell, the film tells us a a true story about a man, born with severe deformaties, that have never been seen by man before, as a result, he has a sheltered, but abusive life as a freak-show exhibit, unitl he he's rescued by a doctor who takes him in, and brings him out of his shell, and presents him to society, to which they refer to him as a monster of sorts, and shun him....then later accept him. It's a compelling story portray social acceptance, and how we, as a society alone accept people on the way they look, and find it hard to look past that outer layers of a person's identity, to their inner self.

David Lynch executes a fine peice of work with this peice, along with a great cast, such as Anthony Hopkin's, who admirably plays the Physician who helps the Elecphant Man 'John Meric', and through his  humane kindness alone, we are able to understand John Meric and grow to love his character,(which i must admit, was hard at first) and this pretty much becomes an emotional journey of acceptance, as we can all relate to being singled out at some point of our lives.

I won't speak much of the ending, but the definetly has a sense of completion, the 'Alpha/Omega if you will, especialy with the final ending sequence reminiscent of the begining, dream-like sequence, along with the subtle, but powerful orchestrated version of, 'Adagio For Strings' this peice has made it's mark on me as a classic...

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