Andrew’s Elephant Man screening was totally sold out! And the packed house got to hear Andrew perform a first-time ever cover of Roy Orbison’s “Running Scared.”
Andrew was invited by The Modern School of Film to select a film he would like screened at the IFC Center theater on Thursday, February 28th, 2013 in New York City! Andrew selected David Lynch’s film, “The Elephant Man.” He attended the screening and then talked about it and performed a first-time ever cover of Roy Orbison’s “Running Scared.” The screening was part of a series the IFC theater presented with The Modern School of Film, which included other films chosen by guests like actor, Mark Ruffalo; broadway legend, Alan Cumming, and other notable 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)