The Elephant Man – 1980 – David Lynch

The Elephant Man – 1980 – David Lynch

The Elephant Man is a 1980 American biographical film about Joseph Merrick (whom the script calls John Merrick), a severely deformed man in 19th century London. The film was directed by David Lynch and stars John Hurt, Anthony Hopkins, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud, Wendy Hiller, Michael Elphick, Hannah Gordon and Freddie Jones.

The screenplay was adapted by Lynch, Christopher De Vore and Eric Bergren from Frederick Treves’s The Elephant Man and Other Reminiscences (1923) and Ashley Montagu’s The Elephant Man: A Study in Human Dignity (1971). It was shot in black-and-white and featured make-up work by Christopher Tucker.”

I’m watching this classic again tonight. It’s a great and striking film, and I’m surprised by the number of people who haven’t seen it. Especially those interested in the Victorian Era.

Highly recommended.

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