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John Morris ~ The Elephant Man (1980-2008)

"I am not an animal!
I am a human being!
I...AM...A MAN!"

The Elephant Man Original Soundtrack from the Motion Picture

Excellent film! Wonderful music!
David Lynch ~ Magnificent!
I' m watching this movie...
it's great thing!

Original music written by John Morris.
With The National Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra

John Morris was born on October 18, 1926. Is an American film and television composer, best known for his work with filmmaker Mel Brooks.

Morris was born in New Jersey. He has had a long career of composing music for Mel Brooks, starting in 1968 with The Producers which was Brooks’ first film. Morris continued to write the scores and songs for most of Brooks’ films. However, the music of Robin Hood: Men in Tights and Dracula: Dead and Loving It were both composed by Hummie Mann. In an interview with Film Score Monthly, Brooks explained that Morris couldn't do the music for Men in Tights or Dead and Loving It due to other commitments, but they're still friends.[1] Morris also composed the music to To Be or Not to Be, a film in which Brooks starred as well as wrote but did not direct. The original music for The Elephant Man, a film that was produced by Brooks, was also scored by Morris.

Audio CD
Original Release Date: London, England June 5-8, 1980
Original score by John Morris
Composer: John Morris
Format: CD ADD
Label: Milan
Country: United States
© Milan Records Inc.

Album Tracklist:
1. The Elephant Man Theme  |03:46
2. Dr. Treves Visits The Freak Show And Elephant Man  |04:08
3. John Merrick And The Psalm  |01:17
4. John Merrick And Mrs. Kendal  |02:03
5. The Nightmare  |04:39
6. Mrs. Kendal's Theater And Poetry Reading  |01:58
7. The Belgian Circus Episode  |03:00
8. Train Station  |01:35
9. Pantomime  |02:20
10. "Adagio For Strings"  |05:52
11. Recapitulation  |05:35

Total Length: 40:38

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Music Composed and Conducted by John Morris
Produced by John Morris
Performed by The National Philharmonic Orchestra

"Adagio For Strings" by Samuel Barber. Played by the London Symphony Orchestra Conducted by Andre Previn.
ⓟ 1977 EMI Records Limited.

Recorded at The Music Center, London, England on June 5-8, 1980. Originally released on Pacific Arts Records (7863 81000).
ⓟ & ⓒ Brooks Films LTD © 1994 MILAN ENTERTAINMENT, INC.

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Personnel includes:
John Morris, Andre Previn (conductors)
The National Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra.

John Morris's haunting score to David Lynch's "The Elephant Man" movie is an incredibly moving and fitting soundtrack for the movie. Whether the music is happy and vigorous, or light and pretty, or more dark and somber as many of the tunes here are, Morris creates the perfect mood for any scene. Deeply moving stuff. Barber's Adagio for Strings fits like a glove with the rest of the music, as if it were all composed by the same hand. This music indeed did a lot to enhance the emotional atmosphere of this most remarkable film.


The Elephant Man ~ John Morris

Directed by David Lynch
Screenplay by Christopher De Vore, Eric Bergren, David Lynch

 The Elephant Man is a 1980 American drama film based on the true story of Joseph Merrick (called John Merrick in the film), a severely deformed man in 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon, and Freddie Jones.
Release date: October 3, 1980

The screenplay was adapted by Lynch, Christopher De Vore, and Eric Bergren from the books The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences (1923) by Sir Frederick Treves and The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity by Ashley Montagu. It was shot in black-and-white.
 The Elephant Man was a critical and commercial success, and received eight Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture in 1981.

With the help of kindly Dr. Frederick Treves, Merrick attempts to regain the dignity he lost after years spent as a side-show freak.

Merrick is gradually revealed to be sophisticated and articulate. Gomm arranges a suite of rooms for him to reside in at the hospital, and Merrick passes his days reading, drawing and making a model of a church visible through his window.

One day, Treves brings him to take afternoon tea at home together with his wife, Ann (Hannah Gordon). Merrick, overwhelmed by the familial love he perceives in the domesticity about him, shows them his most treasured possession, a picture of his mother, and expresses his wish that she would love him if she could only see what "lovely friends" he now has.

Later, Merrick begins to receive society visitors in his rooms, including the celebrated actress Madge Kendal (Anne Bancroft). He becomes a popular object of curiosity and charity to high society. As these connections and visits increase, Mrs. Mothershead (who has charge of Merrick's daily care) complains to Treves that he is still being treated as a freak show attraction, albeit in a more upper class, celebrated style.

David Lynch's The Elephant Man '80 ~ Mrs. Kendal

And while Merrick is treated well during the daytime, the Night Porter (Michael Elphick) secretly makes money by bringing punters from nearby pubs to gawp at Merrick.

Threatened dissent at a board meeting toward the decision to keep Merrick indefinitely is overturned when the hospital's Royal Patron — HRH The Princess of Wales — pays a surprise visit with a message from Queen Victoria, stating that Merrick will receive permanent care at the hospital and the necessary funds have been arranged. But Merrick is then returned to his old life when Bytes gains access to his room during one of the Night Porter's late-night "viewings".

Bytes abducts Merrick to continental Europe, where he is once again put on show and subjected to cruelty and neglect. Treves, consumed with guilt over Merrick's plight, takes action against the night porter with the help of Mrs. Mothershead.

Merrick escapes with the help of his fellow freak show attractions, and makes it back to London. However, he is harassed by a group of boys at Liverpool Street station, and accidentally knocks down a young girl. He is chased, unmasked, and cornered by an angry mob, at which point he cries out: "I am not an animal! I am a human being!" I ... am ... a ... man!", before collapsing.

When the police return Merrick to the hospital, he is reinstated to his rooms. He recovers a little but it is soon clear he is dying from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

David Lynch's The Elephant Man '80
"Nothing will Die" (Finale)

As a treat, Mrs. Kendal arranges an evening at the musical theatre. Resplendent in white tie, he rises in the Royal Box to an ovation, having had the performance dedicated to him from Mrs Kendal.

That night, back at the hospital, Merrick thanks Treves for all he has done and finishes his model of the nearby church. Imitating one of his sketches on the wall—a sleeping child—he removes the pillows that have allowed him to sleep in an upright position, lies down on his bed and dies, consoled by a vision of his mother, Mary Jane Merrick, quoting Alfred Lord Tennyson's "Nothing will Die".

"He often said to me that he wished he could lie down to sleep 'like other people' ... he must, with some determination, have made the experiment ... Thus it came about that his death was due to the desire that had dominated his life—the pathetic but hopeless desire to be "like other people".

—Frederick Treves

Info: Wiki E.M.!

Product Details
Format: DVD
Actors: John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Fanny Carby, Gerald Case, Claire Davenport
Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DVD, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English, French
Subtitles: English
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
Number of discs: 1
Studio: Paramount
DVD Release Date: December 11, 2001
Run Time: 124 minutes
ASIN: B00003CX9S

"You could only see his eyes behind the layers of makeup, but those expressive orbs earned John Hurt a well-deserved Oscar nomination for his moving portrayal of John Merrick, the grotesquely deformed Victorian-era man better known as The Elephant Man. Inarticulate and abused, Merrick is the virtual slave of a carnival barker (Freddie Jones) until dedicated London doctor Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins in a powerfully understated performance) rescues him from the life and offers him an existence with dignity. Anne Bancroft costars as the actress whose visit to Merrick makes him a social curiosity, with John Gielgud and Wendy Hiller as dubious hospital staffers won over by Merrick. David Lynch earned his only Oscar nominations as director and cowriter of this somber drama, which he shot in a rich black-and-white palette, a sometimes stark, sometimes dreamy visual style that at times recalls the offbeat expressionism of his first film, Eraserhead. It remains a perfect marriage between traditional Hollywood historical drama and Lynch's unique cinematic eye, a compassionate human tale delivered in a gothic vein. The film earned eight Oscar nominations in all, and though it left the Oscar race empty-handed, its dramatic power and handsome yet haunting imagery remain just as strong today." Sean Axmaker

ⓟ Studio Brooksfilms
ⓟ Distributed by Paramount Pictures (USA)
ⓟ EMI Films (International)

Autobiography of Joseph Carey Merrick

"I was taunted and sneered at so that I would not go home to my meals, and used to stay in the streets with an hungry belly rather than return for anything to eat, what few half-meals I did have, I was taunted with the remark—"That's more than you have earned."

—"The Autobiography of Joseph Carey Merrick"

Joseph Carey Merrick

Joseph Carey Merrick (5 August 1862 – 11 April 1890), sometimes incorrectly referred to as John Merrick, was an English man with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity named the Elephant Man. He became well known in London society after he went to live at the London Hospital. Merrick was born in Leicester and began to develop abnormally during the first few years of his life. His skin appeared thick and lumpy, he developed an enlargement of his lips, and a bony lump grew on his forehead. One of his arms and both feet became enlarged and at some point during his childhood he fell and damaged his hip, resulting in permanent lameness. When he was 11, his mother died and his father soon remarried. Merrick left school at 12, and had difficulty finding employment. Rejected by his father and stepmother, he left home. In late 1879, aged 17, Merrick entered the Leicester Union workhouse.

In 1884, after four years in the workhouse, Merrick contacted a showman named Sam Torr and proposed that Torr should exhibit him. Torr agreed, and arranged for a group of men to manage Merrick, whom they named the Elephant Man. After touring the East Midlands, Merrick travelled to London to be exhibited in a penny gaff shop on Whitechapel Road which was rented by showman Tom Norman. Norman's shop, directly across the street from the London Hospital, was visited by a surgeon named Frederick Treves, who invited Merrick to be examined and photographed. Soon after Merrick's visits to the hospital, Tom Norman's shop was closed by the police and Merrick's managers sent him to tour in Europe.
 In Belgium, Merrick was robbed by his road manager and abandoned in Brussels. He eventually made his way back to London; unable to communicate, he was found by the police to have Frederick Treves' card on him. Treves came and took Merrick back to the London Hospital. Although his condition was incurable, Merrick was allowed to stay at the hospital for the remainder of his life. Treves visited him daily and the pair developed quite a close friendship. Merrick also received visits from the wealthy ladies and gentlemen of London society, including Alexandra, The Princess of Wales.

Merrick died on 11 April 1890, aged 27. The official cause of death was asphyxia, although Treves, who dissected the body, said that Merrick had died of a dislocated neck. He believed that Merrick—who had to sleep sitting up because of the weight of his head—had been attempting to sleep lying down, to "be like other people". The exact cause of Merrick's deformities is unclear. The dominant theory throughout much of the 20th century was that Merrick suffered from neurofibromatosis type I. In 1986, a new theory emerged that he had Proteus syndrome. In 2001 it was proposed that Merrick had suffered from a combination of neurofibromatosis type I and Proteus syndrome. DNA tests conducted on his hair and bones have proven inconclusive. In 1979, Bernard Pomerance's play about Merrick called The Elephant Man débuted and David Lynch's film, also called The Elephant Man, was released the following year.

"Tis true my form is something odd,
 But blaming me is blaming God;
 Could I create myself anew
 I would not fail in pleasing you.

If I could reach from pole to pole
 Or grasp the ocean with a span,
 I would be measured by the soul;
 The mind's the standard of the man.

—poem used by Joseph Merrick to end his letters, adapted from "False Greatness"

by Isaac Watts
Info: Wiki!

Reviews for The Elephant Man!

It's an amazing story about the human spirit that's told with great sensitivity.

Beautifully acted and photographed in absolutely gorgeous wide-screen black-and-white, the results are rarely less than stunning, despite the lapses into the melodramatic.

Director David Lynch has created an eerily compelling atmosphere in recounting a hideously deformed man's perilous life in Victorian England.

from Rotten Tomatoes!

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