Film 11: The Elephant Man (1980)

David Lynch’s deeply moving drama starring John Hurt as a grotesquely deformed man.

The Elephant Man (1980)

The Elephant Man (1980)

Shot in superb black and white by Freddie Francis, David Lynch’s marvellous, deeply moving film concerns John Merrick, a man so terribly deformed that he’s displayed in freak shows until a doctor (Hopkins) takes an interest in his condition and welfare. Though this variant on the beauty and the beast theme is in some ways Lynch’s most conventional film, its vision of Victorian London is also the stuff of nightmares. Hurt’s subtly nuanced performance as Merrick is enormously expressive.


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