The Elephant Man (1980)
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Poem used by Joseph Merrick to end his letters, adapted from "False Greatness" by Isaac Watts:
'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.
This movie has the distinction of being the only movie to ever make tears run down my face, and I found myself making choking animal noises. Wasn't prepared for that... A masterpiece.
now i hate humanity even more
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This movie ranks #26 in IMDb's Biography Top 50
This movie ranks #28 in IMDb's 1980s Top 50
This movie ranks #35 in BAFTA Award - Best Film
This movie ranks #160 in IMDb's Top 250
This movie ranks #250 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
This movie ranks #285 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #290 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #325 in Academy Award - Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #362 in Empire's The 500 Greatest Movies of All Time
This movie ranks #364 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #381 in Mark Cousins's The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #409 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #438 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #666 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #1266 in The Criterion Collection