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.
now i hate humanity even more
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.
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This movie ranks #16 in Biography
This movie ranks #21 in 1980s
This movie ranks #35 in BAFTA - Best Film
This movie ranks #149 in Top 250
This movie ranks #265 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #289 in The Guardian's 1000 Films to See Before You Die
This movie ranks #290 in TimeOut's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #324 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #362 in Empire 500
This movie ranks #381 in The Story of Film: An Odyssey
This movie ranks #409 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown
This movie ranks #445 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #471 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #664 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die