the beginning of the film the audience is denied the viewing of what the elephant man looks like as he is either behind a curtain or covered in his big coat and hood. This is an excellent technique employed by lynch as causes the audience to become restless, making them eager to see what the elephant man looks like and turning them into the viewers of the freak show. he is finally revealed to us we have to watch When the characters development throughout the story to begin to understand his emotions and humanity. Ken Hanke agrees and states: ‘Lynch very shrewdly places the viewer in a position where an attitude of moral superiority is impossible. He keeps Merrick out of our view for so long that we become no different from the patrons of the freak show, because we want a look at his freakishness, too, and keep being denied it. The payoff is everything it could be—we have to adjust ourselves to seeing the beauty and dignity of the man behind the deformity.’ (http://www.mountainx.com/movies/review/elephant_man)
Lynch is well known for his portrayal of dream-like imagery to connect
the plot in his films. The elephant man is no exception. The audience is treated to a strange dreamlike sequence about Merrick’s mother being knocked over by an elephant where the use of slow-motion (another Lynch trade mark) is used. This scene is so disorientating and shows the explanation that Merrick believes to be the reason for his deformity. This is the concept of maternal impression where the emotional experiences of pregnant women could have lasting physical effect on their unborn children.
A major part of
the plot is where Treves begins to wonder whether his actions to bring Merrick into the spot light of the London hospital were for the good of Merrick. Treves questions his actions and believes that by bringing Merrick to the hospital he has just done exactly what Bytes was doing by creating his own freak show. Film4: ‘David Lynch's The Elephant Man raises myriad questions about medicine, the notion of vainglory and society's prejudices and asks us to wonder whether, over a century later, matters have improved.’ (http://www.film4.com/reviews/1980/ the-elephant-man)
the Elephant man it was a very good film with incredible performances from both Anthony Hopkins and John Hurt with a very heartfelt story that may have caused a lump in the a little. But this film begs throat the questions: Have we as a society changed? Do we still prejudice people away from the norm of society? Are we that different from Bytes?.......