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FILM REVIEW: The Elephant Man (dir. David Lynch, 1980)

Rating: 8 out of 10

I don’t think I have ever cried so hard over a movie.

I certainly wasn’t expecting this film to be a light-hearted jaunt, to be sure, but I wasn’t expecting the emotional devestation it delivered either. I have been habitually drawn to characters that are primarily defined by some sort of deformity, but they’re usually morally questionable if not downright evil. What makes The Elephant Man, and indeed the story of Joseph Merrick itself, so heartbreaking is that he was a good, kind person, resulting in Bambi-esque degrees of sadness.

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