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The Elephant Man (1980)

Drama 2h 4m

Given the experimental nature of his low-budget debut feature Eraserhead (1977), David Lynch may have seemed an unexpected choice to helm a period piece set in Victorian England that would feature some of the country’s most venerable actors. However, the confidence of producer Mel Brooks in his choice paid dividends when the film was ultimately nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Director.

It is a biopic of Joseph ‘John’ Merrick (John Hurt), whose deformities condemn him to a life of exhibition in a freak show before he is discovered by and taken under the care of noted surgeon Frederick Treves (Anthony Hopkins). Told in a linear and emotionally affecting style of filmmaking, The Elephant Man remains deeply and beautifully moving.

Director

David Lynch

Producer

Jonathan Sanger

Screenwriter

Christopher De Vore

Screenwriter

Eric Bergren

Screenwriter

David Lynch

Music

John Morris

Language

English

Countries

UK, USA

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