Tour: Other

February 28th, 2013

IFC Theater

323 Avenue of the Americas
New York, New York, 10014

WHAT: Andrew discusses "The Elephant Man" and performs at special IFC screening!

WHEN: Thursday, February 28th, 2013 at 7:00pm.

WHERE: IFC Theater. 323 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10014. West 3rd and 6th Ave.


Andrew has been invited by the IFC to select a film he would like screened in their New York City theater and then have a discussion about the film with a moderator and the audience. Andrew selected David Lynch's film, "The Elephant Man", and will attend the screening and then talk and play a special song inspired by the movie! The screening is part of a series the IFC theater is presenting which includes other films chosen by guests like actors Mark Ruffalo, Alan Cumming, as well as film directors and producers.

“THE ELEPHANT MAN has much the same limpidly moving humanism as Truffaut’s L’Enfant Sauvage in describing how the unfortunate John Merrick, brutalised by a childhood in which he was hideously abused as an inhuman freak, was gradually coaxed into revealing a soul of such delicacy and refinement that he became a lion of Victorian society. But that is only half the story the film tells. The darker side, underpinned by an evocation of the steamy, smoky hell that still underlies a London facelifted by the Industrial Revolution, is crystallised by the wonderful sequence in which Merrick is persuaded by a celebrated actress to read Romeo to her Juliet. A tender, touching scene (‘Oh, Mr Merrick, you’re not an elephant man at all. No, you’re Romeo’), it nevertheless begs the question of what passions, inevitably doomed to frustration, have been roused in this presumably normally-sexed Elephant Man. Appearances are all, and like the proverbial Victorian piano, he can make the social grade only if his ruder appendages are hidden from sensitive eyes… A marvellous movie, shot in stunning black-and-white by Freddie Francis.” – Time Out (New York)