25 billions euros has been pumped into Greece's top four banks in recent years. They're all majority-owned by the country's bank rescue fund. Greek bank stocks have also lost almost a third of their value this year - while equities have generally staged a recovery. Why then are U.S. billionaire investor John Paulson - and reportedly several other American hedge funds - ready to invest? Richard Hunter is Head of Equities at Hargreaves Lansdown.
Having failed in his first attempt to see the freak-show exhibit, doctor Treves (Anthony Hopkins) returns to the corner of 1884 London where Bytes (Freddie Jones) keeps his meal ticket, John (really Joseph) Merrick (John Hurt), in David Lynch's celebrated The Elephant Man, 1980.
Treves (Anthony Hopkins), having gained the cooperation of John Merrick (John Hurt, title character), shows his find to a society of fellow doctors in 1884 London, later conferring with Fox (John Standing), in David Lynch's The Elephant Man, 1980.
In his first proper social engagement, Merrick (John Hurt, title character) is introduced by doctor Treves (Anthony Hopkins) to his wife (Hannah Gordon), in 1880's London, in David Lynch's The Elephant Man, 1980, based partly on (Sir Frederick) Treves' book.
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This is the rare story of John Merrick, the Elephant Man, enslaved by his body, set free by his dream. Trapped inside the twisted, lesion-ridden grip of a terminally disfiguring disease, Merrick triumphs over his terrible affliction. It is a story of life and the affirmation of life; timeless, tragic, uplifting and heroic. Philip Anglim's exquisite portrayal of John Merrick is all the more exceptional because he does it without elaborate make-up. As Dr. Frederick Treves (Kevin Conway) describes Merrick's deformities to a lecture hall full of medical observers, Anglim contorts his body to match Treves' narrative until, finally, he achieves Merrick's crippled U-shape.
With a disfigured face and barely perceptible speech, John Merrick endures ostracizing behavior as a sideshow attraction in mid-19th century England.
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