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18 October 2003 @ 04:49 pm
murmur, babble  
I've never seen "The Elephant Man" in full but it seems to be cycling through on cable. I was watching the scene in the opera house just now, toward the end. First I was watching without sound and there was this montage of absolutely insane shots and I was like, what the fuck is this, and then I remembered, oh yeah, David Lynch. I liked that one little scene--seeing John enjoy the music, and receive the standing ovation, and then afterwards how the doctor, played by Anthony Hopkins, was so courteous, so graciously giving of his kindness and friendship. Bullet-proof kink, big-time: the gentleman extending kindness to the monster.

What is that music that plays after the opera scene, when he's sitting alone in his room, at his desk with the tiny model of the palace, and he writes his name and so on? It continues right up to the end credits. I've heard it in a dozen different things; reused the way they reuse certain theme music in trailers of entirely different movies.
(Anonymous) on October 18th, 2003 05:27 pm (UTC)
I think the song you're thinking of is Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. Beautiful song.
Anna S.eliade on October 18th, 2003 05:52 pm (UTC)
Ooh, thank you! :)
oracne - Victoria Janssenoracne on October 20th, 2003 08:24 am (UTC)
There's a cd out there somewhere that is nothing but different scorings of "Adagio for Strings."

Interesting fact which might appeal to you: Barber had a years-long hot (? presumably...) love affair with composer/mentee Gian Carlo Menotti, and wrote "The Lovers," using text from Pablo Neruda, after their messy breakup.
Juliajuliaabra on October 18th, 2003 11:38 pm (UTC)
Seeing The Elephant Man was one of the most moving and terrifying experiences of my life. My mother took me to see it when it came out in 1980, so I must have been twelve. I spent the entire film alternating between hiding my head in my coat sleeve, literally in the sleeve, so I wouldn't be able to see and weeping so violently that I think I scared my mother; I know I scared myself I couldn't sleep for weeks after. I kept thinking John Merrick was sitting in the rocker in my room. I've never re-watched it since.
M.invisiblemonkey on October 19th, 2003 03:13 am (UTC)
That's one of my kinks too, which would explain why I cried like a little bitch through that entire movie.