Central to the film is the painstakingly accurate prosthetic makeup by Christopher Tucker, who worked from a plaster death cast from the London Hospital, as well as from period photographs, to completely transform actor John Hurt into Joseph Merrick. His remains are currently in the care of the , where they continue to be the subject of medical research. Other than that, Joseph Merrick was in good health — a survivor. Despite his efforts, the money was not coming in fast enough. Stranded and alone, Merrick wanted to get back to England. He eventually made his way back to London in 1886; unable to communicate, police found Treves' business card on him. The work itself was really just to keep the workhouse going — jobs like portering, feeding the pigs, and.
Strangely, Merrick never tells Treves of these visitations. Doctors have proven it was from suffocation, and also from a dislocated neck. Love traveling, my pets, and reading. Due to the growths on his legs and hips, he had trouble walking, which made trekking from home to home a burden. Any communication about this should be addressed either to myself or to the secretary at the London Hospital.
According to his own account, three or four ounces of flesh were cut away from his face. Both of them were brothers, but his sister Marion was also very ill throughout her life. The Board votes to allow him to live there permanently. People paid money to see the Elephant Man and the exhibition eventually reached London. Kendel Anne Bancroft , a famous actress, reads these accounts with interest and resolves to meet Merrick. And just like his arms, his legs also contorted and caused impairments while walking that required him to use a walking stick.
Merrick's condition gradually deteriorated during his four years at the London hospital. Soon after, the night porter returns with another group of patrons, including Bytes. During the examination and exhibition, Merrick never speaks, and all assume that he is mentally defective as well. There is no possibility of understanding such a departure from the plan of man made in God's image, unless we accept that the image of God's spirit was used to fashion the human spirit, which blossoms in Merrick over the course of the film. Strangers had always stared at him, so why not get them to pay for the privilege? Last Reviewed: August 26, 2013. Amazingly, despite his growing abnormalities, he found employment at a cigar shop, but his right hand soon became too large to manage the delicate work of rolling cigars.
The Elephant Man The Elephant Man 1980 The Elephant Man is a profoundly moral film based upon the life of Joseph Merrick, 1862 - 1890. When he arrived at the Liverpool Street Station, people mobbed him due to his strangeness. Merrick wishes that his mother could see him now, among such lovely friends, and that then it might be possible for her to love him as he is. Anne breaks down sobbing, overwhelmed by the isolation that Merrick's condition has caused. Merrick was born seriously deformed in Leicester, England, and after a few years in a workhouse, began to be exhibited as a freak called The Elephant Man. By this time his head had become too large for him to comfortably hold up.
For some two years, isolated in a dimly-lit corner of a small shop, he worked rolling cigars. Joseph Merrick was photographed for a carte de visite circa 1889. He therefore, though with much difficulty, made his way there, for at every station and landing-place the curious crowd so thronged and dogged his steps that it was not an easy matter for him to get about. Nurse Ireland of the Blizzard Ward, said the deceased was in her charge. He and the manager went halves in the net proceeds of the exhibition, until at last the police stopped the exhibition of his deformities as against public decency. Director David Lynch, working from a screenplay based upon a book by Dr.
Merrick begins to read a scene from Romeo and Juliet, which of course Mrs. But his did not fare much better in their lives as they all died due to illnesses and debilitations. Though his life is not one of glamour, there are many interesting facts that make this Victorian man extraordinary. For repeatedly asking us to look past our fear and revulsion to embrace John Merrick's humanity, we give this film five hearts. Back then, many doctors determined that Merrick was suffering from a severe case of neurofibromatosis. Merrick would have found himself living in these squalid conditions with the.
Kendel, who is utterly charming. The disorder from which Merrick suffered was long thought to be an extremely severe case of , but his deformities were probably the result of an extremely rare disease known as Proteus syndrome. He suffered from Proteus syndrome, also known as Wiedemann syndrome, which is a congenital disorder that causes skin overgrowth and atypical bone … development. Treves places Merrick in the isolation ward and begins his care. And he often recalled a story she told him about how he got his condition.
Treves is initially overwhelmed at being treated kindly by a beautiful woman, but settles bravely into polite conversation over tea. The film was shot in black and white, in part because it contributed to the period feel, and in part because Merrick's grotesque appearance might seem repulsive in color, while the viewer is fascinated by it in black and white. Kendel salutes him as her friend. Sadly, this is exactly what happened to Merrick. He spent his time writing prose, and creating an intricate church built out of playing cards. The practical result of the correspondence is that no home is to be found so suitable to his needs as the hospital, and we now feel ourselves justified in keeping him with us; and although a general hospital supported by voluntary contributions is strictly for curative purposes where each occupied bed represents an outlay little short of £70 per annum, our committee have decided under the peculiar circumstances to set apart a small room where the poor fellow not only secures that privacy which is so essential to his comfort, but also is supplied with all that can possibly alleviate his sad condition, such as baths, good nursing, and medical supervision.
His perplexing ailment led him to a life in the limelight, which was not always grand. So it was of his life when she died from bronchial pneumonia aged 36. This meant that from now on, Joseph was in a way owned by the people in the business. More importantly, Joseph needed care, but was now left with a father who failed any such expectations. He was born in Leicester to Mary Jane and Joseph Rockley Merrick. There, he became a favorite of Princess Alexandra and other high society figures, as well as Madge Kendal, an eminent actress.