Sat 15 Aug 2020
Sat 15 Aug 2020
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124 mins – United States / United Kingdom 1980 – Dir: David Lynch
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt and Anne Bancroft

An intensely moving true story of humanity and bravery, the second feature film from David Lynch won 3 BAFTA awards including Best Film and Best Actor, and received 8 Academy Award nominations on release in 1980. For its fortieth anniversary, The Elephant Man has been reissued in cinemas in a digitally remastered edition which presents the beautiful black and white cinematography in the best way it is to be experienced: on the big screen.

John Merrick (an iconic performance from John Hurt) is The Elephant Man, forced into becoming a circus sideshow freak and spurned by society due to the disfiguring disabilities he was born with.

Rescued by well-meaning surgeon Treves (Anthony Hopkins), he escapes a life of prejudice and cruelty as he tries to fit into a world ruled by Victorian sensibilities. With news of Merrick quickly spreading, he becomes a celebrated curiosity amongst London’s upper class, including with the famed actress Mrs. Kendal (Anne Bancroft). Despite being treated somewhat more humanely, the question becomes whether Treves’ actions are, in fact, a further form of exploitation of Merrick.

The Elephant Man is an unforgettable story of human dignity and courage in the face of unimaginable adversity, that proved to be Lynch’s first mainstream commercial and critical success.

Sat 15 Aug
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One of the most moving screen dramas of the 20th century
Mark Kermode
One of the most moving screen dramas of the 20th century
Mark Kermode
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