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This review is from: The Elephant Man [DVD] (DVD)This film could not have been further from the truth. Joseph Merrick was not depicted in any way true. He was a very wealthy man who made money from his deformities. He did indeed go into the workhouse but this was by choice as he was not intimidated about his deformity in there. He went abroad and made money on the continent. He did cover himself from head to foot in a cape but this was mainly so he did not "offend" the eye of people around him. The film could not have been further from the truth of the life of Joseph Merrick, it really was a lot of nonsense. Joseph Merrick (known as John) lived in Leicester and had an uncle who owned a tobacconist's shop here. It was not unknown for him to send his uncle to a local estate agent to obtain the keys to an empty shop dwelling on a Friday, cover the front of the building with flyers for a Friday and Saturday performance and then return the keys on Monday morning. He made his money from scaring the audience with his wild manner and actions. While they were trying to get over what they had seen, he was sitting backstage counting the takings! Joseph's parents were called Mary and Joseph which makes him rather a special person. He was also known to have died of cancer which is not the way he was depicted in this film. Fine performances no doubt, but not truthfully told.
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Initial post: 6 Aug 2008 00:27:51 BDT
The Leader says:
Joseph Carey Merrick did NOT die of cancer. He was attempting to sleep on his back which had always been impossible due to the weight of his head. He therefore died of accidental disloction of the neck. The coroner who confirmed this also confirmed the deaths of the victims of Jack the Ripper.
Posted on 4 Feb 2009 08:40:02 GMT
Enrique Ovidio Carro Rey says:
So, one of the best movies ever, with a glorious black and white cinematography, an excellent soundtrack and some of the best performances ever seen on a movie screen (The things that John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins and Freddie Jones do here are unbelievable), that can move a rock to tears deserves only one star for you because it "could not have been further from the truth". AND WHO THE HELL CARES???? Theoretically you should be reviewing the quality of the movie or of its transfer to DVD, this is no place to discuss its historical accuracy, that indeed is not very strong.
Reviews like this make me sick. What a stupid way of doing things.
Posted on 12 Feb 2011 00:56:54 GMT
Trompe Le Monde says:
Simply... you are wrong. Joseph Merrick died when he tried to sleep lying down (in reality), official cause of death was asphyxia. He was abandoned abroad with no money and, upon his return to England, nowhere to go. So he wasnt rich as you say, I dont know where you get your facts from but as far as im concerned this review should be removed, if not for its astonishing ignorance or the fact that is it simply wrong then perhaps because it in no way has anything to do with the film.
Posted on 5 Jun 2011 20:43:58 BDT
Mollie Lyons says:
Rubbish, rubbish, rubbish! Get your facts right.
Posted on 17 Jun 2011 18:47:48 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Jun 2011 18:48:33 BDT
Wow! I hate to say it "Frances48" but the statements about Joseph Merricks life are wholly untrue. Where did you get them from? Are you living in a parallel universe to us and have decided to pay us a visit? I suggest you read the Penguin book, 'The True History Of The Elephant Man', which will shoot down all of your 'facts'. The books available here on Amazon. Then when you've read it have Amazon take down your disgusting, erroneous 'review'. Dear oh dear!
In reply to an earlier post on 21 Aug 2011 03:47:17 BDT
S Walker says:
excellent,what a dumb review!
Posted on 13 Nov 2011 08:06:32 GMT
This is simply one of the most moving and beautiful films ever made, it brings me to tears each time I see it, I think David Lynch's direction and the superb performances by all the actors make this a work of absolute genius.
Another beautiful Lynch film well worth seeing is 'The Straight Story'.
Posted on 1 Jun 2012 08:24:45 BDT
S. Mcneelance says:
Interesting comments on here regarding the negative however I dont think the pareticular review should be removed, simply because it's an alternate individual opinion.
When I read it it did make me take a look at some of the other reviews and it also allows me to form my own judgement based on my own further research. When I saw the documentary on the DVD it did seem to suggest that Joseph Merrick did indeed make profit from his deformaties so he was not as poor as we are being led to believe. That makes him a businessman..... and coming from a background of family owning shops etc, I would assume that makes the family "monied" for that period of time.
Regardless of all that, it is a beautifully presented film with a good story which I enjoyed thoroughly. I saw this film when it first came out and now having seen it again by getting it on DVD makes me see again for myself how brilliant a performance John Hurt put in.
In reply to an earlier post on 17 Sep 2012 12:58:09 BDT
Just to add that when Merrick was displayed on the continenent the showman, a Belgium man by the name of Ferrari, abandoned him and stole his life savings leaving Merrick destitute. Merrick had to pawn the few items he owned in order to pay for his passage back to England.